Smelling feet and shoes? If your shoes and feet don’t smell so good, water is the culprit. Bad shoe and foot odors begin with foot beds and shoe leather that don’t dry out after wearing. Up to half a pint of water is released through the balls of our feet each day. If you work on your feet or are athletic, multiply that several times! Teenage boys seem to have more of an issue with this with a combination of hormones and activity.
Handle the water problem and your shoes and feet will no longer be the scourge of your household. Here are some the ways to do that:
- Wear copper, bamboo or silver socks that wick moisture away from your foot. These socks also control bacteria growth, and it is bacteria that produces the bad odor.
- Place cedar shoe trees inside your shoes after each wearing to dry them out. The trees only need to stay in overnight, but alternating shoes each day extends the life of the shoe.
- Use regular deodorant or a foot deodorant, or foot powder with the ingredient nano zinc oxide. You only need to put the deodorant on the balls of the feet.
- Wear shoes with adequate height (toe room) and the right length and width to allow air to move in the shoe.
- Some shoes are available with footbeds/insoles that are made with charcoal, copper, bamboo or silver. Insoles made with these materials will prevent bacteria from developing and the odor that goes with it.
There are those who say that they wash their shoes and insoles and the smell continues. That can be true. Once that odor gets in some shoes, it can stay. But following the protocol will reduce the odor. In other shoes, following the above protocol will eliminate the odor even if the shoes are older. You can also buy foot beds to replace those in the shoe.
Text: Copyright Carole Romig 2013 Image: cheezburger.com
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