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How to keep barefoot shoes from stinking?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Any great ideas? So far I have tried:

-gently handwash and leave in the sun to dry (this works, but it's time consuming)

-store in a box of baking soda, with some sprinkled in the shoes (this works a little; they don't smell lovely but at least it's not the royal stank)

Haven't tried:

-odor eliminator balls or gel packs

-Febreze? (I'm worried this might cause the material to degrade over time)

What do you all do? None of my other shoes stink (even the ones I wear without socks). But then I don't run or crossfit in my other shoes either.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 20, 2013
at 11:43 PM

I've been using this method since I posted the original question and its awesome. thx!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 15, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Couldn't hurt. Post back if you try it! I like the vinegar idea below, too, but that's another kind of stink.

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:39 AM

sed 's/observes/absorbs/g'

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:20 AM

I don't have experience with vibrams or minimalist shoes, but if you guys are okay with wearing socks, then wearing those "toe socks" with the shoes might help.

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on February 15, 2013
at 12:51 AM

no clue how it works, I just know it works. Whether it overpowers the smell or observes the smell, the shoes don't smell anymore.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:56 PM

I use detergent with Oxiclean infused in it, but the clean scent only lasts a few days.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:55 PM

CD - How exactly does that work? Does the dryer sheet absorb the scent and moisture?

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:54 PM

Hmm... that is a thought. I wonder if soaking my feet in epson salt atleast once a week would help? Or soaking my shoes in epson salt...? What do you think?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:46 PM

That's brilliant.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:46 PM

Yes, didn't think of oxiclean!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I think I may try swiping my feet with lemon juice BEFORE I put them on and see if that helps. ...?

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:04 PM

Haha, yep! -- I thought we might get different answers if the title was phrased differently.

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6864d23c49952605b2a97d6256af804d

(726)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:19 PM

The best method I've found is to soak them in Oxiclean and dry them in the sun.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:56 PM

I use detergent with Oxiclean infused in it, but the clean scent only lasts a few days.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:46 PM

Yes, didn't think of oxiclean!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 20, 2013
at 11:43 PM

I've been using this method since I posted the original question and its awesome. thx!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Put a dryer sheet under the sock liner. You will have to change it once per week or so

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:55 PM

CD - How exactly does that work? Does the dryer sheet absorb the scent and moisture?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 15, 2013
at 01:39 AM

sed 's/observes/absorbs/g'

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:46 PM

That's brilliant.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 15, 2013
at 12:51 AM

no clue how it works, I just know it works. Whether it overpowers the smell or observes the smell, the shoes don't smell anymore.

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3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

on February 15, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Personally, I love having my shoes smell like bigfoot's dick.

On a serious note, if you want a quick and easy way, just tie them up inside a pillow case and wash them with the rest of your clothes then air dry! Works like a charm.

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800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:25 AM

Arm & Hammer baking soda dissolved in warm water, soak..... rinse well, sun dry or air dry.

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Eb5ad630bb366c5f7dcf656810aa3f95

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on February 15, 2013
at 12:54 AM

I use a basic Odour Eaters spray before and/or after use. I know it's "chemicals" but I'm not into the whole unwashed paleo thing. Works great.

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on February 14, 2013
at 10:23 PM

I put my NB minumus in the normal wash cycle in the machine. They're pretty tough.

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C5936fee266dd2953f690f0b9539754f

on February 14, 2013
at 07:48 PM

I tried EVERYTHING to make my 5 fingers not stink. The funk was hard to shake. For me the best way to chase away the funk is to soak in a white vinegar water solution 1:3. The wash however you usually do. My feet smell more when I get athletes foot between my toes. Soaking your feet in vinegar water solution 1:3 will help get rid of that too.

Make sure your shoes dry between uses. I have a boot dryer for my ski boots and I use it in all my shoes now that I live in a humid climate. If they never dry, they will get stinky fast.

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on February 14, 2013
at 07:13 PM

I have Merrells, and throw them in the washer once in a while, then let them air dry.

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97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

on February 14, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Wonder what inspired this discussion.. :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/179312/is-there-a-correlation-increased-fat-protein-in-diet-increased-feet-odor#axzz2KsmfReuG

My concern with the Febreze idea, is the chemicals that make up the product. How does the exposure to these chemicals harm us humans, and as you stated, how the product will damage the shoe.

Washing my minimalist inserts helps temporarily, and I have also wiped down my shoes with anti-bacterial towlettes. Again... temporary fix.

I have noticed that my minimalist shoes I wear with socks, do not give off as bad of an odor as my minimalist shoes that I don't wear with socks.

I've also noticed that my feet continue to smell long after I take off my no sock minimalist shoes.

Maybe of mixture of baking soda as you listed above, with additional close proximity exposure to a bit of lavender oil or lemon juice??

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:54 PM

Hmm... that is a thought. I wonder if soaking my feet in epson salt atleast once a week would help? Or soaking my shoes in epson salt...? What do you think?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 15, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Couldn't hurt. Post back if you try it! I like the vinegar idea below, too, but that's another kind of stink.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:04 PM

Haha, yep! -- I thought we might get different answers if the title was phrased differently.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 14, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I think I may try swiping my feet with lemon juice BEFORE I put them on and see if that helps. ...?

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