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SStrikerR
07-21-2011, 10:34 PM
Smelly shoes = dislike


What do YOU ladies/gents do to reduce or get rid of the smell? I was thinking maybe buying new inserts would help?

hisrob777
07-22-2011, 05:16 AM
Febreze Sport. Anti fungal cream.

Jfolks259
07-22-2011, 09:15 AM
i use these sneaker balls, they work great!

http://www.amazon.com/Implus-Footcare-Sneaker-Balls-Freshener/dp/B001NDG9YE

mikeler
07-22-2011, 10:08 AM
Lysol 'em real good after use. Baking powder works well too, just gets a little messy.

CDestroyer
07-22-2011, 10:09 AM
I just throw em in the washer.

Ronaldo
07-22-2011, 10:13 AM
Odor eaters work well.

bad_call
07-22-2011, 10:28 AM
I just throw em in the washer.

me too.....................

Bartelby
07-22-2011, 10:33 AM
If you take the insole out and keep them in a cool and dry ventilated space there is no reason why they should smell.

Kaz00
07-22-2011, 10:47 AM
Baking Soda then stuff em with newspaper.

PaulFCB
07-26-2011, 03:04 PM
Any anti-smell`o`nasty spray does the trick, also there are some creams you can apply on your feet and keep them on for 12H I believe and might do the trick for a lot of time.

SirGounder
07-26-2011, 10:08 PM
+1 for baking soda. One of the many uses of the stuff. For me just letting them air out each time prevents odor from forming.

Maui19
07-27-2011, 03:07 AM
Each time after playing, I spray my shoes with an anti-fungal spray, then give them a few shakes of anti-odor powder. This has taken care of any odor problems I had last year.

I rotate through three pairs of shoes so that my shoes dry out completely between uses.

Ronaldo
07-27-2011, 07:54 AM
Used to hang my shoes outside on the closest line to air-dry. May see them around town. http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/4029/PreviewComp/SuperStock_4029R-306565.jpg

Torres
08-13-2011, 04:58 PM
http://www.stuffitts.com/

teAlexis
08-13-2011, 05:58 PM
Shake lots of baking soda inside the shoe and and sides and back and under top...let them sit overnight...it will absorb quite a lot of the smell...::???:
if not, do it again....

wrxinsc
08-13-2011, 06:18 PM
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=peet+shoe+dryer&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=6947571581942736050&sa=X&ei=viFHTsSwGYfogQee04W0Bg&ved=0CJABEPICMAE

I use this. Dries the sneakers thus keeping the bacteria from growing. Hot enough to get the job done, but doesn't mess the sneakers up. Love it, esp. during tournaments keeping my sneakers dry between days of matches. Uses convection I think.

dennis10is
08-13-2011, 07:34 PM
Smell caused by bacteria. Bacteria loves damp dark spaces.

Buy yourself many pairs of shoes and wear them just once a week? Let them completely dry.

Removing liner, unlace and open them up and put them on window sill.

colan5934
08-13-2011, 09:16 PM
If it's a lighter odor, I have to agree with the baking soda comment. If it's one of those reeking stenches that your opponents can smell as they're shaking your hand in defeat, opt for the heavier duty cleaner. Using baking soda daily is great to keep them non-stinky once the original stank is gone. Hope this helps!

slice bh compliment
08-13-2011, 09:33 PM
Wear good socks.
I sweat a lot and I play about 4 days per week.
My shoes don't smell bad at all.
I wear VitalSox. They've got some silver drystat woven into them.
I alternate two prs of shoes.
When not playing, my shoes get a chance to air out, sometimes outside.

I think the baking soda idea is smart, but I haven't needed it ever since I started giving my shoes a day off every other day.

BobFL
08-13-2011, 09:41 PM
Smell caused by bacteria. Bacteria loves damp dark spaces.

Buy yourself many pairs of shoes and wear them just once a week? Let them completely dry.

Removing liner, unlace and open them up and put them on window sill.

Exactly. I rotate 3 pairs and have zero problems with smell...

T21D
08-14-2011, 05:26 AM
1. wash your feet w/soap and water.
2. dry your feet well before putting on a clean pair of socks.
3. if you have @least 2 pairs of sneakers rotate between them.
4. air out the inner soles in the sun.
You can buy all sorts of freshners and odor eaters but the stench in your shoes is due to BACTERIA causing the smell. I'm not questioning your hygiene, but steps 1 and 2 is important. Also, some people tend to wear the same sneakers to mow their grass, wash their car, and play tennis. Keep it simple.

Ronaldo
08-16-2011, 11:20 PM
Shirley this problem is magnified by players using one pair of shoes exclusively because of the manufacturer wear warranty.

MayDay
08-16-2011, 11:35 PM
Only pair that had the funk for me was my nike air max 95. Probably because I wore it everyday as casual shoe, but never had the funk on any other shoes with the same usage pattern. The funk was strong. Couldn't kill it washing or putting oder eater. You know it's bad when you yourself get grossed out by your own funk. RIP in the dumpster it goes.

slice bh compliment
08-17-2011, 05:19 AM
^You can't fake the funk^

wrxinsc
08-17-2011, 05:44 AM
Only pair that had the funk for me was my nike air max 95. Probably because I wore it everyday as casual shoe, but never had the funk on any other shoes with the same usage pattern. The funk was strong. Couldn't kill it washing or putting oder eater. You know it's bad when you yourself get grossed out by your own funk. RIP in the dumpster it goes.

the funk was strong with this one


“Funk is the path to the dark side. Funk leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

- yoda (sort of)

chinobambino
08-17-2011, 08:21 AM
somewhat related to this topic is an epiphany my wife shared with me as we were prepping the kids for a lunch during backpacking....

Use antibacterial hand soap/lotions that are typically used on the hands...on your feet! Kill the bacteria AND get a nice vanilla bean scent/gardenia pansy girly scent as you breeze into your 5th set.

Ronaldo
08-17-2011, 09:55 AM
the funk was strong with this one


“Funk is the path to the dark side. Funk leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

- yoda (sort of)

Funk has its own Viagra, keeps you wide awake.

MayDay
08-17-2011, 10:44 AM
somewhat related to this topic is an epiphany my wife shared with me as we were prepping the kids for a lunch during backpacking....

Use antibacterial hand soap/lotions that are typically used on the hands...on your feet! Kill the bacteria AND get a nice vanilla bean scent/gardenia pansy girly scent as you breeze into your 5th set.

Does this really work? Apply the lotion on your feet once before the session or on every change over or set?

Lotion is probably better than soap - wash your feet only before the session wouldn't have continued protection right?

Does the lotion make your foot slippery from the socks? (Blister?)

nhat8121
10-21-2011, 11:12 PM
i remember reading from this board, someone said to use hydrogen peroxide mix with something else (i can't remember, can't find the thread either)

I tried it and it worked

maybe hydrogen peroxide and perfumes? maybe someone here know and can enlighten us...

Squidward
10-22-2011, 03:14 AM
Spray Lysol into the shoes after playing, then put dryer sheets in each shoe. Keep the shoes out in the open until you get ready to use them again.

I used to do this to my sons hockey gear (RANK STUFF), and you'll be suprised how well it works.

slice bh compliment
10-23-2011, 02:47 AM
I alternate shoes (Propulse red one day, Propulse white the next).
I wear the kind of socks with silver drystat (several brands have it....I use VitalSocks).
I take a shower after tennis.
I let my shoes air out on the back patio.

No odor problems. OF course I play 4 days a week now. I used to play 6 or 7 days a week, wore crappy socks and got athlete's foot a few times (in 18s and in college).

Sentinel
10-24-2011, 02:46 AM
I play barefoot

Edit: Oh we are talking 'bout tennis ? Thought i was logged in at Talk-Footsie.