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Typically associated with teenagers and athletes, shoe odor is a common and bothersome issue. However, smelly shoes don’t discriminate. Literally anyone can suffer from shoe odor if the conditions are right. And unfortunately, shoe odor can also be stubborn. Once shoes start to stink, that offensive, pungent smell can be really difficult to remove—even washing smelly shoes in a washing machine won’t do the trick!
While many people blame their shoe odor on synthetic shoe materials or the winter months (when smelly shoes seem to be at their peak!), the true culprit is indeed the feet. Over time, foul-smelling foot odor is absorbed into socks and shoes—where it remains, regardless if the feet are clean, dry and odor-free before shoes are worn. At that point, directly treating the shoes is necessary to solve the issue.
If smelly feet are the main cause of shoe odor, what causes smelly feet? One word. Bacteria. While bacteria are naturally present on the skin, foot perspiration creates an optimal environment for bacteria to grow. And with nearly four times the sweat glands per square centimeter on the soles of the feet versus the rest of the body, excessive foot sweat is common. At room temperature, bacteria can double every 20 minutes. But in an environment like shoes, which can be warm, dark and moist, bacteria can multiply at an uncontrollable level. As the skin bacteria feed off of excessive sweat, amino acids are metabolized which produce chemical compounds—the true stinky culprits.
There are additional factors that can also lead to shoe odor. Shoes and socks made of synthetic materials aren’t “breathable” and trap in sweat. Also, fungal infections (athlete’s foot) and medical conditions that cause excessive sweating, like hyperhidrosis, can make the situation worse. The results of these condition—flaky skin and more sweat—simply provide more “food” for bacteria to grow and multiply, leading to increased odor.
The first line of defense against shoe odor is preventing the feet from smelling in the first place. First, choose footwear made of natural materials, such as leather, and moisture wicking fabrics to allow excess moisture to evaporate. Then keep footwear bacteria-free at all times by always keeping your feet as clean and dry as possible. Also, allowing shoes to dry out completely after use is very important. If possible, rotate your shoes so you’re not wearing the same gym shoes or work boots two days in a row.
Unfortunately, sweaty feet can’t always be avoided and shoes may end up smelling no matter what. In these cases, foot and shoe treatments that effectively kill odor-causing bacteria should be used to treat and prevent foul odors.
Footlogix offers two ways for you to combat shoe odor. Recommended for athletes, people who wear enclosed, non-breathable shoes, or anyone that desires fresh, well-groomed feet, Footlogix® Foot Fresh and Footlogix® Shoe Fresh both contain Tea Tree Oil, which acts as a disinfectant to eliminate bad bacteria and neutralize foot odor. Each easy-to-use treatment features a hygienic dispenser and sensible grip that makes for a controlled and safe application.
Use Footlogix® Foot Fresh to prevent smelly feet that lead to shoe odor. Footlogix® Foot Fresh also contains menthol which cools the skin and leaves a refreshing scent. Just apply to clean, dry feet 1-2 times per day and allow to dry 3-4 seconds before putting on socks or shoes.
Footlogix® Shoe Fresh can be applied daily, or as needed, to smelly shoes. Just spray inside shoes and allow to dry for 10 minutes before wearing. Footlogix® Shoe Fresh can also be used to remove odor from gym bags, yoga mats, sports equipment and more!
With regular use, Footlogix® Foot Fresh and Footlogix® Shoe Fresh will keep your feet fresh and odor-free in any season!
People who value a well-groomed freshness for their shoes to negate foot and shoe odour build-up.