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Shoes that smell like something's died in them...

(10 Posts)
BuggersMuddle Fri 19-Jun-15 21:21:05

I have a pair of approach shoes (think stiff trainers) that stink to the high heaven. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the shoes - supportive, intact, sole good etc. They probably have 6-12 months of wear on them, but unfortunately are utterly unwearable and can't go in the machine. Suede / fabric / Goretex.

I haven't a scooby how to deodorise them effectively and am hoping someone can advise? (Tried removing insoles, deodorising with a spray, but apparently they are not washable confused )

They are mine and I don't have stinky feet, but I am er, prone to perspiration when exercising so while it's easy to launder clothes perhaps more regularly than others, shoes are a different matter. Doesn't seem to affect my purely leather shoes at all, thankfully...

Any suggestions?

Hobby2014 Fri 19-Jun-15 21:32:30

What kind of spray did you use? Would febreeze work? Or one of those odour neutraliser pots you put in a cupboard (so removes smell rather than covering?) but shove in the shoes instead and put shoes in a sealed box for a few days?

MsPavlichenko Fri 19-Jun-15 21:43:46

Bicarbonate of soda with some tea tree oil mixed in. Sprinkle/deluge inside of shoes, leave overnight, outside if possible.

BuggersMuddle Fri 19-Jun-15 21:57:40

I tried Febreeze, but I think it's a bit beyond.

BuggersMuddle Fri 19-Jun-15 21:58:51

Ooh, didn't think about bicarb - could definitely try that (although not sure about outside given the slugs etc. Does it just have to be cold?)

MsPavlichenko Fri 19-Jun-15 22:07:11

Not really, just that fresh air might help too, on a (discreet window ledge?) Tea tree is brilliant too, really helps. Can use on feet too !

Rock3t Sat 20-Jun-15 08:32:48

Sounds like my cross country shoes! Try sneaker balls shoe fresheners, they work a treat.

Chewbecca Sat 20-Jun-15 10:04:39

I'm not sure you can bring them back from that point, they may be rotten inside. Once my shoes have gone, they've gone.

I have various 'rules' to prevent my shoes getting to this point as am rather prone to horrifically smelly feet, as well as careful daily foot washing.

- never wear same shoes two days running, they need time to 'dry out'
- leather only, ideally leather insoles too
- cotton socks only, barefoot only with leather insoles sandals

Might be more dramatic rules than you need!

chipsandpeas Sat 20-Jun-15 10:18:31

i would actually put them in the washing machine in a pillow case on a cooler wash than normal then leave them outside to dry

TollgateDebs Sat 20-Jun-15 11:19:20

I have washed shoes that supposedly can't be washed, but they generally all come out well. Beige nubuck men's trainers (Sebago) - washed well and on wash four now, mixed fabric, suede and ? (Sketchers) - washed well, suede women's red and blue (Clarks) - washed well. All had moulded, soft soles - all at 30, with detergent and left to dry naturally. When your shoes are at the point of last orders, you have nothing to lose really. I put the brands in to show that it a variety of makes seem to be able to cope. Worth a try before they get dumped in a bin, but it is always a risk I suppose. Oh, they get washed on their own, not with anything else.

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