Sweaty feet and the corresponding bad foot odour in shoes is the subject most often mentioned on the web chat forums. Indeed the chat rooms abound with all sorts of “cures” from baking soda to vinegar and air fresheners!
Most people surprisingly do not seem to appreciate that the primary cause of bad foot odour arises from the breakdown of sweat trapped within the fabric of the footwear.
There are, of course, many causes of sweaty feet which qualified podiatrists are fully aware of and can advise accordingly. However, the subject of treating the shoe to eliminate the shoe odour is perhaps less well addressed.
There are very few options which are actually successful.
Option 1. Mask the smell! The use of fresheners, perfumes and chemicals is most often the first resort. This may be moderately successful for a day or so but eventually the bad odour will return and the problem begins all over again