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Old 03-12-2005, 01:43 PM   #1
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Have you ever noticed that normally not-that-stinky feet when combined with sockless sandals tend to produce a smelly cloud of mass proportions?

Is there maybe some sort of sandals I could get that have souls made out of some sort of special non-stinky material or something?
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:44 PM   #2
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It's your sweaty feet.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:44 PM   #3
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:45 PM   #4
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i had a pair of north torrent convertibles which started to stink after awhile.
my other pair of tevas were much better in comparison in all respects. it had a zinc antimicrobial layer or treatment on the footbed. theres still an odor, but its not very bad. just make sure to wash your sandals once or twice a week and allow them to fully dry.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:50 PM   #5
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I have sandals that are 10 years old but I love them and won't get rid of them (they don't make anything like them anymore)... everytime they get wet, they start stinking... even if my feet are otherwise dry from sweat. Sometimes I can't even bare it. Oh well.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:59 PM   #6
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birks fvcking reek during the summer

I wear them to college but avoid moving my feet around on them (or anything to disturb the smell)... its grossness.
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:02 PM   #7
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Get those rubberized ones with the nubs on the soles. You can rinse those off easy. Leather absobs moisture, so no way around stinkifying them. Especially in the warmer months.
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:43 PM   #8
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I just spray oxi clean or use bleach on my adidas sandals every few days. Works fine.
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Old 03-12-2005, 03:51 PM   #9
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Sure there is, you just have to make conditions unfavorable to bacterial/fungal growth.

Either outright kill them with antibiotics, or perhaps alter the pH of their environment drastically, either towards alkaline(baking soda), or acid(vinegar).

Baking soda works very, very well in shoes. Probably a little more hit or miss with sandals, you would have to apply it every day or something.

If you can get some plastic sandals, it'd be super easy to wash them in some soapy, bleachy water every week..

Also remember to SCRUB your feet when you take a shower. A medium-hard bristled brush is a must in the shower, IMO.

Sometime after you've been in the shower for about 20 minutes, take and run your fingernails forcefully across your feet in different places. You will probably be horrified at the ammount of dead skin you come up with under them. That's some of what the baddies are feeding on.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:22 PM   #10
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so far i've just been buying really cheap flip flops or sandals and buying new ones whenever they fall apart are start to stink.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:24 PM   #11
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It's your sweaty feet.

Bingo! Your sandals will continue to be smelly if you got sweaty feet and don't wash it often.

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Get those rubberized ones with the nubs on the soles. You can rinse those off easy. Leather absobs moisture, so no way around stinkifying them. Especially in the warmer months.
Those are the worst. The nubs trap all kinds of fungus and dirt produced by your smelly sweaty feet.
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HOLY SMOKES. I thought I was the only one who had this problem. ROFL. This is awesome.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:34 PM   #13
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:41 PM   #14
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my sandles that "strap you in" smell horribly, but my flip flops dont smell at all, so i try to wear those as much as possible
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Old 03-12-2005, 06:52 PM   #15
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my sandles that "strap you in" smell horribly, but my flip flops dont smell at all, so i try to wear those as much as possible
- hm yeah that would make sense, but for me flip flops are just really uncomfortable. I don't know why


man lots of good responses on this thread...

- I think it's strange that sandles always seem to smell much worse than shoes considering they actually allow your feet to get some air, unlike shoes that just bind your feet in a big sponge of sweat....one of many unanswerable questions in this world!

- I dont understand how the "rubber nub" kind would be better. seems like all those creveses would trap a lot of junk

- I like the idea of using bleach every few days very much. sounds like it ought to work. just have to get some ones that won't be discolored or otherwise damaged by the bleach

- baking soda is another good idea
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Old 03-12-2005, 06:58 PM   #16
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- I think it's strange that sandles always seem to smell much worse than shoes considering they actually allow your feet to get some air
If you wear your shoes without socks, you might find they smell as bad as sandals.
If you wear your sandals with socks, you might find you look like an uber-dork.
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Sure there is, you just have to make conditions unfavorable to bacterial/fungal growth.

Either outright kill them with antibiotics, or perhaps alter the pH of their environment drastically, either towards alkaline(baking soda), or acid(vinegar).

Baking soda works very, very well in shoes. Probably a little more hit or miss with sandals, you would have to apply it every day or something.

If you can get some plastic sandals, it'd be super easy to wash them in some soapy, bleachy water every week..

Also remember to SCRUB your feet when you take a shower. A medium-hard bristled brush is a must in the shower, IMO.

Sometime after you've been in the shower for about 20 minutes, take and run your fingernails forcefully across your feet in different places. You will probably be horrified at the ammount of dead skin you come up with under them. That's some of what the baddies are feeding on.
What about a pumice stone?
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:31 PM   #18
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- I think it's strange that sandles always seem to smell much worse than shoes considering they actually allow your feet to get some air
If you wear your shoes without socks, you might find they smell as bad as sandals.
If you wear your sandals with socks, you might find you look like an uber-dork.
good point
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:33 PM   #19
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I have Tevas. I shower in them once in a while and they don't stink to me.
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Sure there is, you just have to make conditions unfavorable to bacterial/fungal growth.

Either outright kill them with antibiotics, or perhaps alter the pH of their environment drastically, either towards alkaline(baking soda), or acid(vinegar).

Baking soda works very, very well in shoes. Probably a little more hit or miss with sandals, you would have to apply it every day or something.

If you can get some plastic sandals, it'd be super easy to wash them in some soapy, bleachy water every week..

Also remember to SCRUB your feet when you take a shower. A medium-hard bristled brush is a must in the shower, IMO.

Sometime after you've been in the shower for about 20 minutes, take and run your fingernails forcefully across your feet in different places. You will probably be horrified at the ammount of dead skin you come up with under them. That's some of what the baddies are feeding on.
What about a pumice stone?
That's probably just as good, if you're constantly keeping your feet soft with one.

I forgot to mention that baking soda is what I use on my strap-in sandals. It works good, but it's best if you make it into a paste, apply it evenly, let it dry, and then you can just flake it off. Don't worry about washing any residue off, it helps the cause.
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