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By Nick Przybysz
From Boulder, CO
Mar 26, 2010
I wear a pair of sperry topsider boat shoes, and they develop a similar funk to them over the summer with sweaty feet. I've found that hydrogen peroxide does the trick quite well. Since the stench is caused by bacteria, best way to get ride of it is to kill them. Pour some in there and watch it bubble away. After you do that throw them in the washing machine and they should be good as new.

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By MAK
From Columbus, OH
Oct 2, 2010
If you can squeeze into your shoes with a thin pair of socks and climb with them every so often, the micro-organisms will transfer to your socks that can be washed and slowly the stench will decrease. This will also stretch out your shoe some, so they will be a little more comfortable on long pitches.

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By Eric Krantz
From Black Hills
Oct 2, 2010
smoke break, pitch 5 or 6 (or 7??) of Dark Shadows
MAK wrote:
If you can squeeze into your shoes with a thin pair of socks and climb with them every so often, the micro-organisms will transfer to your socks that can be washed and slowly the stench will decrease.


It's all about the bacteria. You've got a foot problem, not a shoe problem. Most of the fixes posted address the symptoms. Get the bacteria off your feet, out of your other shoes, and off of the shower floor.

Socks are a good idea. Use thin WOOL socks. Wool is anti-microbic, and takes way longer to get funky.

Get the dead skin off your feet. I've always thought jogging barefoot on the beach would be great for this, but I really have no idea. Anyway, I think the chicks would dig it too, but you'll have to ask Hank.

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By Jeff G.
From Fort Collins
Oct 2, 2010
Nearing the end of Thank God Ledge.
Hank Caylor wrote:
Wash your damn feet! Dirtbags. The ladies dig it.



+1

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By no1nprtclr
From Front range Colorado
Oct 2, 2010
Stich says, "'That is also certainly the case with my old fleece and synthetic shirts.'"

What, you don't wash those things after a day of climbing? Your poor partner(s). LOL

Funny thread that comes up now and again....

Personally, I've never used anything for my shoes and they don't smell that bad. But then again, I have about 4-5 pair of shoes that I rotate. I also keep everything aired out in my gear room, ropes, packs, shoes, all soft goods, everything.

Mi dos centavos

adios y tengo un buen dia
Juan

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By lisa c
Oct 2, 2010
Make a tea tree oil spray with some water. I'd say 2 oz of water to about 20 or so drops of tea tree. Spray it in your shoes and on your feet before and after you climb. Works well for athlete's foot as well.

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By bernard
From birmingham, al
Oct 2, 2010
near trapps, Shawangunks, NY, 2008
Dr Scholls foot powder regularly both during and after use......cedar shoe forms when shoes aren't being used.

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By Chad Jarvis
Nov 15, 2012
stinkyshoo.com

Created especially for climbing shoes.

No sprays, no powders, no fragrance.

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By Josh Kornish
From Missoula, MT
Nov 15, 2012
Humboldt Bouldering
I always had disgusting shoes until I put essential oils of Maleleuca and lavendar in my shoes. Works wonders!

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By CalStaben
From Lexington, KY
Nov 15, 2012
Isopropyl alcohol works wonders.

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By kennyp
From Las Cruces
Nov 15, 2012
Street Hassle
Here's one solution that works and I swear by...

Pour about 4-6 oz. of Pin-Sol in a bucket of water. Put some rocks in your shoes so the sink. Soak for about 24 hours. Take out and rinse with water. Air-dry.


This works wonders. Pine-Sol is a natural anti-bacterail, and is bio-degreadable. It is safe on your shoes and doesn't melt the rubber off or do anything to ruin the shoe.

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By Chris. T.
From Longmont, Co.
Nov 15, 2012
Enjoying a cold day on The Saber. RMNP
Wear Socks. If you start doing this with a new pair of shoes, they will stay fresh MUCH longer. Even a thin liner sock will help.

Should not effect your ability unless you are climbing 5.13 or harder.

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By "Canada" Eric Ruljancich
From Tucson, AZ / Vancouver, BC
Nov 15, 2012
Mt Gimli, Valhallas, BC, Canada
I used to have this problem until I started carrying my shoes clipped to the outside of my pack. I appears that damp shoes buried deep inside a climbing pack create a veritable paradise for bacteria.

Shoes on the outside of ones pack stay dry and in my experience smell free. Plus what better way to show off to the world that you are a bad ass climber.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 15, 2012
Bocan
"Canada" Eric Ruljancich wrote:
I used to have this problem until I started carrying my shoes clipped to the outside of my pack. I appears that damp shoes buried deep inside a climbing pack create a veritable paradise for bacteria. Shoes on the outside of ones pack stay dry and in my experience smell free. Plus what better way to show off to the world that you are a bad ass climber.


Yep, I always carry the shoes clipped to the outside of the pack unless I have to do otherwise.

I probably posted this before since this is such an old thread, but I put them in a plastic bag and toss them in the freezer.

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By JEFFisNOTfunny
Nov 15, 2012
After climbing open up your shoes and put a dryer sheet or two inside of each. It should help with the smell. Also don't keep the shoes closed up tight, or in the bottom of a bag.

Its a trick I learned with my mountain bike pads.

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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Nov 15, 2012
Mathematical!
Scott McMahon wrote:
Yep, I always carry the shoes clipped to the outside of the pack unless I have to do otherwise. I probably posted this before since this is such an old thread, but I put them in a plastic bag and toss them in the freezer.


Or, if you're lazy like me, just leave them in your car parked outside overnight during winter.

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By Chad Jarvis
Feb 24, 2013
Use Stinky SHOO!
By climbers, for climbers.
stinkyshoo.com

No sprays, no powder, no residue

Fragrance-free

Uses non-toxic activated charcoal from coconut husks and zeolite, a natural ammonia absorber

Keeps shoes odor-free for about a year

100% made in USA

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By wivanoff
Feb 24, 2013
High Exposure
Chad Jarvis wrote:
Use Stinky SHOO! By climbers, for climbers. stinkyshoo.com No sprays, no powder, no residue Fragrance-free Uses non-toxic activated charcoal from coconut husks and zeolite, a natural ammonia absorber Keeps shoes odor-free for about a year 100% made in USA


C'mon Chad, what's your relationship with StinkyShoo? You've only made three posts here and all were to promote the stuff.

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By Cory
From Boise, ID
Feb 24, 2013
Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fu...
chris21 wrote:
You must have a pair of Evolvs they pick up stank like no other


So true! Nice shoes, but man do they soak up the stink after a few hot days climbing!

A friend of mine had such stinky shoes that his girlfriend once made him tie them to the roof rack so that they wouldn't stink up the inside of the car on a road trip.

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By david Graham
Jun 27, 2014
stuff
I've never been worried about the smell but I don't like it when my feet slide around in the gunk build up in my shoe. I just tried the hydrogen peroxide and an old tooth brush trick with my moccasyms and it looked like it worked pretty well.

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By christopher adams
Jun 27, 2014
The very best thing i've done is put them in the dishwasher on the pots and pans cycle with regular machine dishwasher soap poured directly into the shoes. Dishwashing machine liquid is enzymatic and will remove all the dead skin and bacteria from the shoes. They look and smell brand new coming out and I haven't had issues with fit with synthetic shoes (maybe a little tighter the first wear).

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By Tom Sherman
From Bristol, RI
Jun 27, 2014
John Sherman
christopher adams wrote:
The very best thing i've done is put them in the dishwasher



Cleaning you climbing shoes
Cleaning you climbing shoes

You filthy animal...

I just cleaned every shoe I own and did a epsom salts and baking powder foot bath thing, washed climbing shoes, now drying in dryer sheets. Probably look into a antibacterial spray. Something had to be done. The stink overwhelmed you for 2 of the rooms in my apt. And I air dry outside the pack every time... wasn't enough

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By wing thing
Jun 27, 2014
I just wipe the inside of the shoes down with some Chlorox (or Costco Kirkland brand) disinfecting wipes at the end of the day. It works well for even Evolv's. Spraying Fabreeze or leaving dryer cleaner sheets in your shoes only masks the smell but doesn't kill the bacteria or fungus breeding in your shoes.

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By Peep
Sep 29, 2014
Chad Jarvis wrote:
Use Stinky SHOO! By climbers, for climbers. stinkyshoo.com No sprays, no powder, no residue Fragrance-free Uses non-toxic activated charcoal from coconut husks and zeolite, a natural ammonia absorber Keeps shoes odor-free for about a year 100% made in USA


Where can you buy stinky shoo? I bought some a couple of years ago and they worked great, now I'd like to get some more but I can't locate them online anymore.

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By knowbuddy
Sep 29, 2014
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kitty litter

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