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Help! How to dry VFFs when it's humid as hell?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2011 at 10:45 AM

It's been crazy damp yet cool here in PA and it's making my brand new pair of VFFs tragically skanky because when I washed them after a romp in the mud they still weren't dry after two days of hanging. Soaking them in some enzymes right now as an emergency intervention before the skankmonster gets out of control. The forecast still says rain for the foreseeable future! I tried putting them in the dryer on the "air" setting and the banging around was traumatizing my cats and boyfriend, plus I don't think it was really helping!

Hairdryer? Dryer on low? Will these ruin my precious? Other ideas?

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:41 AM

this worked super well to take out the last bit o' damp!

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:41 AM

actually now that they're dry they smell pretty ok!

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on September 11, 2011
at 12:42 PM

"There is no way to prevent the smell." Not true. See http://paleohacks.com/questions/4916/vibram-five-fingers#axzz1XeBUOLo2 and http://paleohacks.com/questions/8426/which-is-the-least-stinky-vibram-model#axzz1XeBUOLo2

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on September 09, 2011
at 03:52 PM

yay!!! there's that rainbow.

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on September 09, 2011
at 03:51 PM

mine are practically brand-new-- not stanky because of my feet (yet). they are smelling due to not drying in this weather.

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on September 09, 2011
at 01:51 PM

Honestly.....I have 3 pair, just rotate between them. Wearing them for a couple of hours would dry them out. There is no way to prevent the smell. Feet stink...lol.

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on September 09, 2011
at 12:46 PM

not running AC here, good thought tho

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on September 09, 2011
at 03:49 PM

Go to a pet store and buy some cedar chips. Stuff in the shoes. The dry chips wick away moisture and kill bacteria. The cedar aroma kills the stankass. I actually use my wife's old pantyhose stuffed full of cedar chips to stuff into my shoes at night. Keeps 'em dry and fresh.

This worked after a disney vacation where we were plodding through the rain for 3 days. I did run them through the wash after the vacation, but after that they still had the stank... cedar chips and one evening, they were almost as good as new.

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on September 09, 2011
at 03:52 PM

yay!!! there's that rainbow.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:37 AM

I take advantage of the air my refrigerator blows out at the bottom.

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on September 12, 2011
at 01:41 AM

this worked super well to take out the last bit o' damp!

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on September 09, 2011
at 03:30 PM

No matter how much you love them, don't wear damp VFFs all day (or worse, for two days...). You will be VERY SORRY. Speaking from experience here.

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on September 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

I am in Texas where it is super dry...hence all the fires, but we have had our share of humid seasons and some clothes that I do not like to dry in the dryer due to shrinkage have got that mildewy smell so I know what your concern is. If it stays damp it grows smelly nasties NOT from stinky feet because you washed them. And all feet don't stink or at least mine don't ; ) Anyway for the clothes that had issues I had to soak in vinegar and rewash. The enzyme thing I think would work too but no experience. I would suggest rewashing and then taking the time to dry them out. If you do not have a floor heater/space heater I think the blow dryer would work. Might be time consuming but I would do it for my precious VFF. I ended up drying my clothes in the dryer once I got rid of the mildew smell and no more hanging to dry when it is too humid, not worth it. I have only had to wash one pair of my VFFs once because I mostly run around barefoot and the debris and dirt from my feet got on the inner sole but I have not had an odor problem with either of mine at all.

Hope this helps!

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:49 AM

I put mine in front of the AC vents in my house over night (I have some vents in the floor as well as the walls), and that tends to take care of it.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:35 AM

If you have a portable electric heater (those radiant dish heaters are the best) you could hang them in front of it and let them dry. Just check on them to make sure they're not too close! The smell of melting rubber might be worse than feet skank, lol.

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:34 AM

I put mine in front of the AC vents in my house over night (I have some vents in the floor as well as the walls), and that tends to take care of it.

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on September 09, 2011
at 12:46 PM

not running AC here, good thought tho

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