Smelly shoes

by notfastenough   January 3, 2013  

Ok, so there's no point beating about the bush; my cycling shoes have been banished to the shed because they whiff. Now obviously this is aided and abetted by having socks that wick sweat away from the skin. I use Specialized Body Geometry shoes, insoles and wedges, so now that I have my foot position just right, I'm not about to switch to odour-eater insoles or something.

Anyone else have this problem? None of my other shoes smell like this.

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Have you tried using milton anti-bac spray? works a treat on mine

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posted by spin cycle [70 posts]
3rd January 2013 - 17:17


One solution is having 2 pairs of identical shoes, then swapping between them on 6 to 8 week basis. That should be long enough for the bacteria in the "resting" pair to run out of sweaty food, die off and stop smelling. Though, the "in use" pair will still end up stinking more and more as you use them.

posted by Paul J [816 posts]
4th January 2013 - 15:59


Thanks for the replies, think I'll give the spray a go before raiding the piggy bank for more shoes!

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posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
4th January 2013 - 17:13

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posted by CycCoSi [30 posts]
13th January 2013 - 18:49


I wash my shoes once a month- rinse with hot water then dry outside- it is a bit hotter here(Taiwan) but you could put them in the airing cupboard. This has eliminated the smell.

posted by guyondebike [34 posts]
14th January 2013 - 5:48


Relish it - that smell makes it just that little bit harder for the guy behind you to hold your wheel... But seriously I now use different shoes on different bikes which means they all get lots of airing time, but I have also used an anti-bac powder in the past, which was combined with a bit of scented something to make my shoes smell like flowers. I can't recall the brand sorry, but it did work.

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posted by Tour Le Tour [91 posts]
14th January 2013 - 10:52


A friend of ours works for Mr Branson's airline and in their handbook they recommend putting orange peel in your shoes to combat the odour, not while you are wearing them of course, Thinking it may also contribute to your five a day Wink

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posted by Trebor [4 posts]
27th January 2013 - 12:31