Getting the odor out of shoes....

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by yg17, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Yes, this is perhaps the strangest question asked on MR....

    Yesterday I had the joy of walking back to my car from class in a thunderstorm and had no choice but to go through some pretty deep my tennis shoes, which obviously, got soaked. Anyways, as you probably know, water combined with a 1 year old pair of shoes that you wear every day will start to reek pretty quickly. And these are my only pair of shoes. Well, I also have a pair of sandals (30 degrees and snow this morning, I don't think so) and dress shoes (I'd rather wear the sandals), but these are the only shoes I'd wear ;)

    They were dry by this morning, but you could smell them from a mile away. I had no choice but to wear them. This happens every time they get wet, and every time they get wet, I douse them with Febreeze to no avail, the smell goes away after a few days, but what's the best way to get rid of the smell as soon as possible and save myself the embarrassment? Does anyone know of any products I can try out?

    And no, it's not my foot because they smell fine when they're not dry :p
  2. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Thank you.:D

    Seriously, I have no suggestions to offer. Just want to thank you for the smile the title put on my face...and also because I am nowhere near you and your shoes.;)
  3. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    You can put trainers (sneakers I believer they're called in the USA) in the washing machine. They take a couple of days to dry, but it does get any smells out.
  4. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Sneakers, tennis shoes or athletic shoes.

    Not a bad idea, except I can't go to school and work barefoot for a couple days ;)

    I was hoping more for a spray or something that specialized in getting the musty gym locker room with a toilet overflowing of sh*t smell out of shoes :D
  5. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Can you put them in the tumble dryer, use one of those oderised things that moms put in with the laundry to give it a good smell, i know i prefer the smell of lavender to sweaty paws, plus it wont harm your sneakers/tennis shoes either ;)

    A Tip my gran gave me for wet shoes, stuff them with newspapers and put them in the airing cupboard/dry warm place, the paper draws the damp out of them
  6. letsgorangers macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    Does the insole come out? If so, dry them with the insoles out of the shoe. Water gets trapped under there and mildews, causing the smell. I also loosen the laces a lot and get the shoe as open as possible to let it dry. Our gym parking lot turns into a mud hole when it rains (daily here lately).

    Edit: You can dry shoes in the dryer, but if they have leather bits they will get some taut places. Also secure them to the door of the dryer unless you like hearing CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK for an hour.
  7. Xfujinon macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Cheap idea:

    Take some pantie hose, and fill them with cat litter.

    Place these pantie hose into the stinky shoes.

    Wait overnight.

    Smell = gone.

    Try it. Embarrasingly, I have RANCID foot odor because my feet sweat constantly, even barefoot. It works, I swear. A bag of cat litter goes a long way.

    Try it.
  8. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    put cat liter in a sock then put it in the show. It works great.
  9. blairwillis macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2005
    Spent years as a kayak guide walking through marsh mucky mud. We cleaned our sandals (Tevas, Chacos, etc.) with Simple Green. Spray on, rinse off, it worked great.... I'd be willing to try it on sneakers.

    That reminds me... I once had a pair of Tevas that started smelling exactly like Fritos. Gross, I know. I just thought I'd share.
  10. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    Is there an Echo in here? :)

    BOOBS.....BOOBS......BOOBS.......BOOBS........BOOBS :D

    Back on topic, not sure how to get the odor out, but I am glad to see that Im not the only one who only has one pair of sneakers that they wear every day. My current pair of Vans is going on 1.5 years now. I just bought a new pair today though.

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