Tips for reducing smell?

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  1. SStrikerR

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    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?
     
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    Febreze Sport. Anti fungal cream.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    Lysol 'em real good after use. Baking powder works well too, just gets a little messy.
     
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  5. CDestroyer

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    I just throw em in the washer.
     
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  6. Ronaldo

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    Odor eaters work well.
     
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    me too.....................
     
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    If you take the insole out and keep them in a cool and dry ventilated space there is no reason why they should smell.
     
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    Baking Soda then stuff em with newspaper.
     
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  10. PaulFCB

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    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.
     
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  11. SirGounder

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    +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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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....
     
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    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.
     
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  18. colan5934

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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  20. BobFL

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    Exactly. I rotate 3 pairs and have zero problems with smell...
     
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  21. T21D

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    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.
     
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  22. Ronaldo

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    Shirley this problem is magnified by players using one pair of shoes exclusively because of the manufacturer wear warranty.
     
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  23. MayDay

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    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.
     
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    ^You can't fake the funk^
     
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    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)
     
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  26. chinobambino

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    stinky feet

    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.
     
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    Funk has its own Viagra, keeps you wide awake.
     
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    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?)
     
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    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...
     
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  30. Squidward

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    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.
     
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  31. slice bh compliment

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