Hey all -
I've got pair of Specialized Rockhopper SPD shoes that, aside from their smell, work great. But... they came new with a very distinct and unpleasant rubber smell, which has since morphed into a rubber-mildew-wet feet-general nastiness funk. Literally smells like dog feces. As I enjoy wearing these shoes in social settings as well as cycling settings, I'm very interested in being rid of the smell.
So far, I've tried Dr. Scholl's Shoe Powder, vinegar (only on rubber parts, tho), stuffing them with newspaper (repeatedly), and crossing my fingers that the smell will just disperse, all to no avail. If anyone here has suggestions, I'd gladly field them. I've been hesitant to try super-duty cleaners from fears that they would break down the shoe.
Thanks in advance... and in case you were wondering, I mainly commute in these shoes (hence, the forum).