My Danskos STINK!

  1. Tried alternating with different shoes, washing my feet before, at lunch, and after work, socks filled with baking soda, sprays of all kinds, powders, various sock fabrics, washing the insides of the shoes, setting them out in the sunlight, doctor checked my feet at the last visit and the feet are clean, and you name it i've might tried it.

    But those shoes reek. And i know it's because there's not any ventilation in them, or i think that's it, yet my other (also leather) clogs that don't have vent holes do not smell, though.

    I haven't had this problem since the volleyball and track days in high school. Any suggestions on what to do?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   KRVRN
    Dude! I can't wait for someone to respond to this! Mine reek as well!!!
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    I'm joining the "reekers seeking relief" squad as well.

    My shoes probably don't smell that bad but my socksa re a different story alltogether!
  5. by   saskrn
    What about those little balls that you put in shoes? Is it possible to dry clean shoes?


    I used to have the same problem with a pair of Nikes, and nothing ever helped. I eventually had to throw them away because it was nasty.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I bought a pair of those, they didn't help either. They stunk too.

    Only other option i can think of is to call a shoe repair place and see if they (eeeyeew) fumigate/dry clean things like this. I refuse to throw away a $110 pair of shoes.
  7. by   KRVRN
    I saturated the inside with mine with Febreze and it helped somewhat, but not completely.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I saturated mine with Febreeze, then they smelled like Stinky Fresh.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    PM'ed from Gompers

    I've had the same problem with MY Danskos since they were about a week old. I think it's partly lack of ventilation and partly the material they use for the insoles.

    I keep them in my locker at work and I have a small bottle of baby powder that I keep in there as well. Everyday after I take them off, I sprinkle some powder into each shoe to absorb some of the moisture and make them smell better. They still don't smell great, but it's more tolerable and the locker sure smells better. The best one to use is the pure cornstarch kind because it's the most absorbant, but I personally use the new lavendar scented one because it just smells so darn good.
  10. by   KRVRN
    I've gotten to where I'm hesitant to slip my feet out of my danskos when I'm sitting to chart since I can smell my own feet when I do it! We're talking if I can smell my feet from a distance of 5 feet or so, then others can too! Of course over half of my coworkers also wear danskos, so I guess it's not just my feet that smell! They're a sturdy, well made shoe but I guess they just don't ventilate well enough. And I, too refuse to throw away a $100+ pair of shoes that still have lots of wear in them!
  11. by   suzanne4
    Try using a Clorox wipe to clean the inside. It will kill off most anyhting that is growing in there. Should help considerably with the odor.

    I use them regular on my Super Berkies with great results and those even have the cork innersoles.
  12. by   kids
    Freeze them for several days.

    Seriously!
    I saw this on some helpful hints program years ago. Put your stinky shoes in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for a few days. At one point I kept a pair of shoes in the freezer and a pair on my feet and rotated them every week.

    Putting shoes in the freezer has cured the smell in my husband's work boots and my teenage boy's athletic shoes.
  13. by   CyndieRN2007
    i havent had this problem with my danskos. i guess im lucky.
  14. by   Katnip
    I heard the freezing idea recently also.

    It said to sprinkle baking soda inside each shoe, put the shoes in a plastic bag then stick them in the freezer.

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