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Which is the least stinky Vibram model?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I have the classics and they get smelly soooooo easily. Does anyone have any experience with differences between models in this respect? I'm really curious about the smartwools http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/products_classic_smartwool_f.cfm

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

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on May 07, 2011
at 06:56 PM

It depends. If you're right on the edge of a given size without socks, then you'll need to bump up to the next size.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on May 06, 2011
at 01:44 PM

interesting; I've heard from a friend to toss a couple efferdent tablets in my KSOs then put in a ziploc and toss in the freezer...kills the smell until after a couple days of wearing...might have to try in the washing machine

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on May 06, 2011
at 01:22 PM

don't you need to get the shoes a tad bit bigger if you're wearing socks with them?

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on May 06, 2011
at 01:21 PM

nice idea! my KSOs smell like Bin Laden's been hiding in them no matter how many times I wash them

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:13 PM

Good question. I just came back from hiking in Switzerland with my VFF sprints. And the last days (of the 2 weeks), I really was afraid of getting close to people. Although I've got them for half a year, I never wore them so much, so long. And I have my Feelmax pankas for more than a year, but they never smelled. I wear socks in them though. Btw, VFF sprints in the Alps definitely get a lot of (mostly strange) looks! Besides the smell, I really enjoyed them.

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on August 10, 2010
at 11:55 AM

I always wear my Injinjis (I couldn't wear my Classics til I got the socks, they rub on the back of my heel so bad! I haven't the courage to hack into them yet - so expensive and such a hassle to repair the hole that was in the toe when they arrived!) but in Summer doing so would be unbearable. I'm not a stinky foot person though, so beyond that I can't offer solutions. I've been wearing my KSOs to and from work every day for over a year now - they get sweaty, they get wet, they get hot, but they don't get smelly. Yet.

C1ea79115a062250a7263764797faa30

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on August 10, 2010
at 11:32 AM

This also works for me. Additionally there is no unpleasant friction anywhere on my foot.

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on August 10, 2010
at 07:33 AM

I wear the Injinji socks whenever also. No odor problems....

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 10, 2010
at 03:13 AM

Oxyclean maybe? An antifungal/antibacterial is what your going for

49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

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on August 10, 2010
at 03:05 AM

Note: I haven't tried washing my Flow or KSO with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide as Eva suggested. I'm going to give that a shot, because it sounds promising.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 09, 2010
at 07:20 PM

The new treksport has coconut carbon...curiouser

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on August 09, 2010
at 06:17 PM

I had nooo idea they were making so many varieties! I'm happy with my sprints and my husband is happy with his KSOs! We just throw them in the wash when they get stinky.

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on August 10, 2010
at 12:25 PM

Get some nylon sockettes and some cedar shavings (the stuff they use for hamster bedding) from your local pet store. Stuff the sockettes with some cedar shavings, and simply insert into the VFFs when not in use. Just shake the VFFs out before wearing to remove any cedar particles.

I've been doing this for my KSO Treks and Sprints for several weeks now, and I don't have to wash them anywhere near as much now. It's the best odour management trick I've tried yet. In fact, odour elimination trick might be more accurate.

I expect that I'll have to change the shavings periodically, but so far the first lot is holding up well.

I got the idea from birthdayshoes.com, who did a post a few months back on some fancy inserts they bought at the local running store, with nylon straps for hanging the shoes they're inserted in on hooks or doorknobs. I figured that a) I can stuff things full of cedar shavings myself, and b) hooks and doorknobs are Neolithic...

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on May 06, 2011
at 01:21 PM

nice idea! my KSOs smell like Bin Laden's been hiding in them no matter how many times I wash them

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49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

(840)

on August 10, 2010
at 03:04 AM

I have the following:

  • Flow
  • KSO
  • 2x KSO Trek

I can't get the stink out of my Flow and KSO. I've washed both several times in a washing machine, and soaked and scrubbed them in a water-vinegar bath three times. When they dry, the smell is tolerable, but definitely there. After wearing them twice, the smell is easily noticable by others.

My KSO Treks only become stinky when they become soggy. When that happens, I wash'em out in the bath tub with warm water, and let them dry. They're good for another wear or two, and then they become smelly. However, I can throw them in a washing machine, and they come out stink-free.

I love my KSO Treks.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 10, 2010
at 03:13 AM

Oxyclean maybe? An antifungal/antibacterial is what your going for

49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

(840)

on August 10, 2010
at 03:05 AM

Note: I haven't tried washing my Flow or KSO with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide as Eva suggested. I'm going to give that a shot, because it sounds promising.

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8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on August 09, 2010
at 09:56 PM

Not for nothing but I avoid this issue with my KSOs by wearing Injinji socks.

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on August 10, 2010
at 11:55 AM

I always wear my Injinjis (I couldn't wear my Classics til I got the socks, they rub on the back of my heel so bad! I haven't the courage to hack into them yet - so expensive and such a hassle to repair the hole that was in the toe when they arrived!) but in Summer doing so would be unbearable. I'm not a stinky foot person though, so beyond that I can't offer solutions. I've been wearing my KSOs to and from work every day for over a year now - they get sweaty, they get wet, they get hot, but they don't get smelly. Yet.

C1ea79115a062250a7263764797faa30

(851)

on August 10, 2010
at 11:32 AM

This also works for me. Additionally there is no unpleasant friction anywhere on my foot.

A80c7d214526e4c4a3a3fe36a7f8b38e

(328)

on August 10, 2010
at 07:33 AM

I wear the Injinji socks whenever also. No odor problems....

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on May 06, 2011
at 01:22 PM

don't you need to get the shoes a tad bit bigger if you're wearing socks with them?

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on May 07, 2011
at 06:56 PM

It depends. If you're right on the edge of a given size without socks, then you'll need to bump up to the next size.

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218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on September 02, 2011
at 05:12 AM

By far the best product to kill odour is some brilliant stuff called "Grans foot remedy " source some and buy it, it really works. It's a phenomenonal product.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:49 AM

I use baking soda mixed with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a water paste. Add a few drops of dishing washing liquid for the surfectant effect and rub around and rinse the shoes. No more stink. THis is the same recipe for getting skunk off dog so you can bet it works even on stinky shoes! I think it also helps a lot of you don't wear your vibrams every day. I have the classic vibrams.

0
218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on September 02, 2011
at 04:53 AM

By far the best product to kill odour is some brilliant stuff called "Grans foot remedy " source some and buy it, it really works. The phenomenonal product.

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on May 06, 2011
at 12:24 AM

The absolute best thing to eliminate odors in 5 fingers is mirazyme http://www.mcnett.com/MiraZyme-Enzyme-Based-Odor-Eliminator-P170.aspx I wear KSO's sea kayaking during the summer, literally 5 days a week, 12 hours a day of in and out of water, muck and sand. They smell absolutely awful at the end of the week. My boyfriend's (who worked the same job) were so bad they had to live outside. I dipped his in mirazyme (the sink filled with water and 2 drops of the solution) and could literally stick my nose in them and inhale without passing out. I swear its amazing. I usually run mine through the wash, then dip them in the mirazyme solution and let them air dry.

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on November 06, 2010
at 11:14 PM

Though decidedly not paleo, I have had great results spraying my Vibrams with Dr. Scholl's Odor Destroyers Foot & Sneaker Spray Powder after each use. They remain odor-free indefinitely, although it's still a good idea to wash them periodically (to remove the powder, if nothing else).

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9c9dc8c29c253ebf7077c69a09c614ee

on August 10, 2010
at 03:29 PM

A friend of mine recommended using denture tablets. We start the washing machine with the lid open, add the KSOs and a few denture tablets, soak for an hour, and then put the lid down to run the machine as normal. The tablets use enzymes to kill bacteria, so they are gentle on the fabric of the shoes.

4d10a09dadeb266681418f5fe06c3f00

(115)

on May 06, 2011
at 01:44 PM

interesting; I've heard from a friend to toss a couple efferdent tablets in my KSOs then put in a ziploc and toss in the freezer...kills the smell until after a couple days of wearing...might have to try in the washing machine

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on August 09, 2010
at 07:39 PM

I have a set of the brown leather KSO treks and a standard set of KSOs. My wife has a pair of solid black KSOs. We've had minimal issues with smell - and nothing that couldn't be solved by throwing them in the wash.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on August 09, 2010
at 06:54 PM

I've heard but not tested the kangaroo leather treks avoid the ammonia funk.

My standard KSOs clean easily with a little baking soda or vinegar

I'd love to hear about smartwool too

The smell seems to come from bacterial growth, which is usually worse with synthetics

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 09, 2010
at 07:20 PM

The new treksport has coconut carbon...curiouser

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