We’ve all been there. A long day at school, in the office or on the commute home: and phew, what’s that smell?We’re all on our feet for hours, and there’s no shame in a bit of stink from your trusty feet.
And the good news? There’s a lot you can do to “sniff” odour goodbye. Here’s 5 tips for dealing with stinky feet from the COPPERSMITHWEAR team.
Keep those toes clean!
Your toes are a great place for bacteria to thrive — bacteria being what causes the stink. If you don’t dry them off after a shower or bath, the wet confined space in between your toes is a perfect place for odour to start.
Each time you shower, pay close attention to scrubbing your toes with soap.
Proper foot care
And while we’re on the topic of cleaning, don’t forget about your feet!
Scraping off dead skin with a foot file means it’s less likely to get wet and cause more bacteria which causes some smell.
Wearing shoes when your feet are wet, sweaty or hot will be a perfect breeding ground for serious stink. That means cleaning your soles, snipping those toenails and taking off your shoes after prolonged exercise.
This is also a problem if you’re going sockless — socks soak up a lot of sweat and help your shoes stay dry too.
We’re big fans of copper technology, which can be infused into socks and help with that odour too. Pro-Tect’s copper yarn, for instance, makes for great socks.
Try out some new kicks.. And insoles!
Wearing the same shoes every day can be a great way to make sure they don’t retain sweat and moisture as much. While your favourite boots might be comfy and snug, giving them an off day will allow them to dry out and also help kill off bacteria.
Now’s the perfect time to dust off those back of the closet sneakers you haven’t worn since last summer.
Even more important than the shoes themselves is the insoles within them.
Choosing your insole carefully is just as key as switching up your shoes.
I’m biased: I think our soon-to-launch Copper Membrane insoles are a great choice as the premium ETC fabric wicks away sweat and the copper membrane keeps feet cool.
But there’s a lot of options out there — choose an insole that fits your foot and is moisture-wicking!
Deodorant isn’t just for underarms.
There’s many great products that help keep your shoes minty fresh.
From pad inserts, to sprays; even bags that absorb the heat and crush stink — there are so many products that you can use to de-stink your sneakers.
Something you may not know?
You can even use regular stick deodorant on your feet — make that Old Spice go the distance!
Take it to the next level.
Foot stink is common — bromodosis ( stinky feet) is often helped with home remedies and the steps mentioned above.
But stinky feet can sometimes be a precursor to Athlete’s Foot, a more serious condition that can be itchy and even painful.
If the smell ever becomes discomfort, go see a healthcare provider.