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Dat shoe smell

pmorgan1pmorgan1 Posts: 173
edited June 2016 in Commuting chat
Done over 10k in my shoes, and now every time it rains THAT shoe smell invariably follows...

Got any tips how to mitigate it?

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  • dhopedhope Posts: 6,699
    Nuke from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure
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  • pmorgan1pmorgan1 Posts: 173
    dhope wrote:
    Nuke from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure

    Why not indeed:

    http://sentintospace.com/products-page/complete-kit/launch-advanced/#ad-image-0
  • rower63rower63 Posts: 1,991
    THAT shoe smell we're all so familiar with is basically the smell of rotting sloughed-off skin permanently kept damp with rain, sweat and skin-oil, plus the volatile compounds produced by the bacteria as they feast on it all. Liberal inside-application of something like rubbing-alcohol (propanol - get it by the litre from Maplins or off the web) will temporarily kill off the bacteria. Unfortunately anything strong enough to completely get rid of the skin-slough is likely to destroy much of the shoe as well :cry:
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,466
    I'm assuming you mean the cat pee smell. If so dry properly leave out to burn dry in sun occasionally and febreze works for me.
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  • rower63rower63 Posts: 1,991
    I'm thinking more a mixture of dogsh!t and rotten cabbage :)
    Dolan Titanium ADX 2016
    Ridley Noah FAST 2013
    Bottecchia/Campagnolo 1990
    Carrera Parva Hybrid 2016
    Hoy Sa Calobra 002 2014 [off duty]
    Storck Absolutist 2011 [off duty]
    http://www.slidingseat.net/cycling/cycling.html
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,039
    I've done a sports wash (eg Halo) powered machine washes on my shoes before on outdoor sports wash, followed by a day in bright sunlight. Seems to do the job.
    I've done this for a number of years on lots of artificial material shoes, not had any problems with them.
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  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    I've done a sports wash (eg Halo) powered machine washes on my shoes before on outdoor sports wash, followed by a day in bright sunlight. Seems to do the job.
    I've done this for a number of years on lots of artificial material shoes, not had any problems with them.


    Me too - done this for years with trainers, hiking shoes, and cycling shoes; wouldnt do it with leather but anything else seems fine
  • MrSwearyMrSweary Posts: 1,699
    I don't suffer that badly but a good soak with the muc-off foam freshener seems to keep it down. Do the same with the helmet (no sniggering at the back) which helps for a while.
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  • Man Of LardMan Of Lard Posts: 903
    Halo Kit Refresher - https://www.merlincycles.com/halo-proac ... 75252.html - does the bizzo for me.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 19,994
    imatfaal wrote:
    I've done a sports wash (eg Halo) powered machine washes on my shoes before on outdoor sports wash, followed by a day in bright sunlight. Seems to do the job.
    I've done this for a number of years on lots of artificial material shoes, not had any problems with them.


    Me too - done this for years with trainers, hiking shoes, and cycling shoes; wouldnt do it with leather but anything else seems fine

    My shoes have a layer of wood. Not convinced it would be good for them.
  • mosheehanmosheehan Posts: 64
    Climbers have boot bananas that are fairly in expensive, have a lavender smell, and are generally used for the same purpose. My climbing shoes don't smell half as bad as they used to after a long sweaty climb
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  • mtb-idlemtb-idle Posts: 2,179
    stick them in the washing machine on a gentle programme. If you have cleats on them just put them inside pillow cases or cushion covers or summat.

    Use plenty of conditioner and they will smell much better.
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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    MTB-Idle wrote:
    stick them in the washing machine on a gentle programme. If you have cleats on them just put them inside pillow cases or cushion covers or summat.

    Use plenty of conditioner and they will smell much better.

    No conditioned but that worked for me till a recent damp ride when I forgot to dry the shoes.
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    Had that, tried everything, never really went.

    Bought new shoes.
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