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phoenix13
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« on: May 15, 2013, 12:32:16 PM »

Any thoughts for rescuing a hopelessly smelly pair of shoes, or, better yet, thoughts on how to minimize/prevent stinky in the first place?

I have a pair of truly beloved leather practice oxfords that may be beyond help at this point.  I've done everything I an think of, but, the minute I open my shoe bag, their smell is overpowering.

Any thoughts?  And are there other/different things that can be done to rescue satin shoes?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 12:37:04 AM »

The only thing that seems to really work is to put them in the washer.  Look at it this way; either they get better and you have your fave shoes back, or they fall apart and you throw them away - you have to do that anyway if they truly stink...
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2015, 12:41:48 AM »

Any thoughts for rescuing a hopelessly smelly pair of shoes, or, better yet, thoughts on how to minimize/prevent stinky in the first place?

I have a pair of truly beloved leather practice oxfords that may be beyond help at this point.  I've done everything I an think of, but, the minute I open my shoe bag, their smell is overpowering.

Any thoughts?  And are there other/different things that can be done to rescue satin shoes?

I don't know about prevention, but take a child's white thin cotton sock (the type with the lace edging) or a pair of stockings you're no longer wearing.  Fill the foot about 1/2 way with baking powder (not baking soda) and tie it at the top and put it in the shoe.  It's not going to totally eliminate the odor, but it helps a lot.  You can also mix it with fresh or dried and crushed herbs like lavender and that helps also.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2015, 06:13:04 AM »

I've read that there are two sources of the smell - one is, yes, your feet but the other is the glue that was used to stick the insole in place.  This can break down and produce a ghastly odor.  I'm pretending mine is due to the latter Cheesy
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