Who let the dogs out?
It’s that time of year again. As the garden centres open and the BBQs start smoking, we, together as a nation, ditch the boots and peel off the woolly socks in favour of breezy summer footwear. The first few weeks are usually trouble-free, but as the weather heats up, so too does the unmistakable odour that comes from stinky shoes. Here are three ways to keep your family’s tootsies smelling fresh this season.
1. Don’t skimp Buy leather-lined shoes. Shoes made from synthetic materials don’t offer proper ventilation and serve as the perfect breeding ground for odour-causing bacteria. Check out See Kai Run and Ecco for stylish leather-lined options. Your next best best is to insert your own leather insole.
2. Keep them dry Bacteria loves moisture. If you don’t allow shoes to dry out thoroughly after wearing—24 hours is best—the problem compounds. To draw out moisture and help speed up the drying process, try this: cut the feet off a pair of pantyhose, fill them with kitty litter and knot the ends. Stuff them into your shoes at the end of the day.
3. Call in the troops There are tons of sprays and powders on the market that promise to combat foot odour, but most of them are heavily perfumed deodorants that only mask the stink, rather than eradicating it. Granger’s Odor Eliminator promises to kill odour-causing bacteria. Unscented talcum powder, baking soda and corn starch are great, budget-friendly sweat-busters.
—Christina, CF‘s managing editor