6 Ways to Prevent Stinky Feet

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  July 21, 2017
  • Let your toes breathe
    1 / 6 Let your toes breathe

    Here’s a tip for lunch workout fans. If you’re constantly slipping from gym shoes right into formal pumps (especially after a shower), you’re encouraging a warm, damp environment that fungi and odour-causing bacteria thrive in. Instead, pack a lightweight pair of open-toed sandals so your feet can air out as much as possible before you head back to the office.

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  • Clean your shoes
    2 / 6 Clean your shoes

    If your shoes already stink, don’t throw them out just yet. Try sunning your footwear to kill bacteria. Also, if you can remove the laces and insole, be sure to do that first to maximise the deodorizing effects of the sun rays. In fact, you might want to replace your insoles altogether as well. With pumps, some light cleaning with rubbing alcohol or antibacterial wipes will sanitize your kicks in seconds.

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  • Pick a more exciting shoe design
    3 / 6 Pick a more exciting shoe design

    No, we’re not talking about crazy colours or overly fanciful details, but to encourage better airflow around your feet, you might want to trade your covered pumps for one with a peep toe design, strategically placed floral cut outs, woven or braided material, or even a slingback heel. Get a few pairs so you can rotate them daily and let your shoes air out between wears.

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  • Swop your socks
    4 / 6 Swop your socks

    When it comes to socks, designs abound when it comes to cutting, patterns, and hues, so you can (and should) wear them with any type of footwear. Cotton or wool varieties effectively absorb moisture, and there are even pairs made of bamboo, which supposedly have good breathability, and others threaded with carbon or silver to reduce odour. However, try to stay away from nylon, polyester and other synthetic materials, which may trap perspiration. At the end of the day, even if socks don’t seem sweaty, put them in the wash as a second wear almost guarantees foul-smelling feet.

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  • Soak your feet
    5 / 6 Soak your feet

    Kill bacteria living on feet with an antibacterial soak. Fill a tub with warm water, tip in some vinegar or antibacterial solution, immerse your feet and relax for 10 minutes.

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  • Use foot sprays and powders
    6 / 6 Use foot sprays and powders

    These quell iffy odours almost instantly and are easy to use. They’ll keep feet comfortably dry too. The effects don’t seem to last for more than a few hours, but the bottles are often small enough to slip into your bag for a discreet spritz.

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