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My Shoes Smell

Old 10-05-18, 04:20 PM
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My Shoes Smell

So I need some advice as to how to get the stench out of my shoes.

Pair of Bont Vapor S ...went for a long ride in the rain so the shoes got soaked.

I pulled the insoles and put the shoes away and thought they would dry. 3 days later they were still pretty wet...and rather smelly.

Any ideas?

thanks in advance
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Old 10-05-18, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by blaine View Post
Any ideas?
Well, you now know how they got their model name.
Stuff them with newspaper next time they're soaked
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Old 10-05-18, 04:28 PM
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I have a spray bottle filled with Downy laundry scent beads mixed with water. It's like a high powered fabric freshener. It will get the smell out of your shoes or anything else.
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Sitting in the sun helps my shoes when they get stinky after getting wet like that. Sometimes it takesa couple sessions to work well.
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Old 10-05-18, 05:26 PM
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Don’t put your nose in there
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Old 10-05-18, 05:30 PM
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You think that’s bad? My Lipschitz!
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Old 10-05-18, 05:33 PM
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Try baking soda or foot powder to get rid of the smell. Take out the insoles and wash them if possible.
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Old 10-05-18, 05:49 PM
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Time will let them dry completely. Maybe a fan will seed things up. Don't get them wet and dry with heat, over time that ruins the leather.
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Old 10-05-18, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Dont put your nose in there
too late

I mean I am worried about the guy or woman behind me...
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Old 10-05-18, 07:02 PM
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boot dryer. dry shoes after each ride. they will be warm the next time you wear them
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Try baking soda to get rid of the smell. .
This right here. I used to throw away shoes because I couldn't get rid of the odor. Baking soda works. Sprinkle about a teaspoon in each shoe and shake it all about.
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Originally Posted by blaine View Post
too late

I mean I am worried about the guy or woman behind me...
Maybe they won't wheelsuck as much now.
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Old 10-06-18, 06:32 AM
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You gotta dry your shoes after each ride, thoroughly. Baking soda might do the trick, either that or lots of Febreze.
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This works incredibly well to dry out shoes and get rid of stink:

PEET Dryer - Original 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J4HQ76/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_.imUBbKERWKT6
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Old 10-06-18, 10:06 AM
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I soak my shoes ever so often in solution of laundry detergent and Oxi Clean in a bucket. I rinse them off and then put them on a boot dryer. I rinse my shoes in water once a week or so and use the boot dryer. They are always dry by the next day.
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I spend most of my time on the trainer so my shoes get gnarly fast from sweat, these tips have all helped get rid of the funk:
  • Periodically remove insoles and wash, I use oxyclean + mild detergent
  • Similarly the entire shoe can be similarly washed as above
  • Regular sprays of lysol into shoes
  • Stuff newspapers in sweaty/wet shoes to help dry them out
  • And last but not least.. prior to riding you can use a footspray, if you have access to EOs I use a homebrew recipe similar to this (Don't laugh it works and minimizes the need to do any of the above!)
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In my experience, once you let your shoes get stinky, you are never able to fully get rid of it. I had those vibram 5 finger shoes several years back and they got HORRIBLE odor, I finally was told to put some gold bond medicated foot powder (blue bottle) in them after each use, and that has made the difference. As long as I used it each time, no odor.
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Old 10-07-18, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jasrub View Post
This works incredibly well to dry out shoes and get rid of stink:

PEET Dryer - Original 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J4HQ76..._.imUBbKERWKT6
+1

This is the answer. The stink is due to bacteria, and removing the moisture kills it. All of my athletic shoes and boots (climbing, hiking, skiing, gym, cycling) go straight onto the dryer after use. Also great for drying out regular shoes as well.
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Some of you go through a lot of trouble to avoid the simple solution. Baking soda. At 79 cents a box and 20 seconds of your time, if it fails, and I have never encountered anyone that it didn't work for, what do you stand to lose?
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Old 10-07-18, 03:38 PM
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To be clear, you nose smells, your shoes stink.

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Boot bananas.
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First of all, I'm glad you finally noticed.

Second, I hope baking soda will work, but it might not. In that case, I recommend a diluted solution of bleach (25% bleach 75% water). Spray into your shoes and then leave them somewhere to dry. If you really want to be sure, do it again.
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Old 10-09-18, 06:58 PM
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Moisture is like crack to bacteria. Dry them out as soon as possible. I pull out the footbed, sprinkle a couple pinches of baking soda & leave them on the floor next to the A/C intake. Never an issue.
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Old 10-09-18, 09:41 PM
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One way to get rid of the odor is to soak the shoes in white vinegar. Yes, they will be wet again, but the bacteria that caused the problem will be dead and much of the offensive smelling stuff they made will also be gone. While you're at it, give them a gentle scrubbing. Then dry them properly. During our wet season, I use a dehumidifier in my house, so it's easy to dry shoes. You may have to use a fan or two and then pick up the last of the moisture with baking soda and/or get a shoe drier.
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Old 10-10-18, 11:20 AM
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I throw our Sidis in the washing machine along with the removed insoles, gentle cycle, with the rest of our bike clothes. Dry at room temperature, out in the open, not in a closet. Been doing that for many years. I use Atsko Sport Wash for all my athletic gear.

There's also Smells Begone: https://www.smellsbegone.com/product...ree-spray-12oz Works in your helmet, too.
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