Fashion | Freshen up your smelly shoes

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The summer heat is a great excuse to wear your favourite collection of sandals and open toe shoes. The heat, however, can lead to nasty odours and stinking shoes.

At last, it’s open toe season and that means only one thing. It is finally time to dust off your collection of flip flops, wedges and any other summer shoes you have.

The hit of heat onto our skin is a glorious feeling. We even welcome the side effect of the heat – the dreaded sweat. However, when that sweat soaks into our shoes it is a different story.

There is nothing worse than the smell of stinking shoes and feet. To treat the smell, identify the cause. If you have damp or damaged insoles, for example, take them out and dry them. If you need new ones, look for those that are specially formulated to prohibit bacterial growth.

By keeping your shoes dry, you help prevent bacterial growth that causes odours. Place them in a sunny spot or near a heater to dry. Take out the laces and lift the tongue up and out to dry the shoes faster.

One good hack to counteract the smell is to freeze your shoes. Put your smelly shoes in a plastic bag, and then put them in the freezer over the course of the night. Thaw them naturally the next day in the sunlight for the best results. The idea is that freezing the shoe kills the odour-producing bacteria.

Ball up one or two fabric freshener sheets and place them in your shoes after you use them. The sheets should impart their pleasant perfume into the shoes and wick away any moisture that is still left in the shoes.

Finally, try using a steam machine or try the steam feature of your washer or dryer. Steam may help to eradicate bacteria and fungus, thus getting rid of the odour.