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I have just gotten two new pairs of work shoes both keen, which by the way are the more comfortable shoes I've owned. My last boots started stinking terrible, do you guys have this problem? What do you do to keep your boots from stinking? I typically wear moisture wicking socks, I think this is the culprit, not sure though.
 

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A boot dryer perhaps. Try Three pair of work shoes so they are dryyyyy at the start of the day. A dry pair at lunch?

Quit using Anti-perspirent, your body has to sweat somewhere, why not where you wash the garment every day? Dry pits = wet socks, maybe?
Can you wear shorts? again cooler feet smell better.

Ask your quack(Doc) if you might have some odd type of stinky fungus that could be treated. You probably will have to seek a specialists opinion here.
 

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I never wear the same pair two days in a row, Ive got 5 pairs of work boots, lol, its always nice having a dry pair!
 

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Cycle them from freeze to nuke a few times. It works for jimmers, but you have to be real carefull in the microwave not to melt them. The micro-organisms should die fairly easy from the waves, with just a little heat.
 

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Cycle them from freeze to nuke a few times. It works for jimmers, but you have to be real carefull in the microwave not to melt them. The micro-organisms should die fairly easy from the waves, with just a little heat.
Just don't put em on your feet till they cool. In high school a stoner I knew nearly burnt his toes trying to dry his shoes in the mic before school.
 

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No matter if you just put them on, always change your socks if you take off your boots. Even if you put your boots on for 10 minutes and took them off again, change your socks.
 

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Rotate your boots daily and change socks whenever your feet feel sweaty. It's bacteria.

I'm a cheap SOB so I just swap out my insoles rather than having extra pairs of new boots. When it's really hot I will switch to sneakers if it's safe.
 

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I use to have that problem. I switched to white socks. That's it. Problem solved. I don't have a second pair of boots and where these every day. No need to swap for me.

I could clear a room by taking off my shoes before, now... you could stick your nose in them.

And I no longer get insulated boots which I think is a big thing in sweating feet. I don't work outside anymore so I don't really need them.
 

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My all leather Georgia boots never smell. Anything with padding and more synthetic materials smell.

You could also try antiperspirant on your feet. It works super well, not sure if it's bad for you though.
 

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This is unscientific as hell...

When I wore leather street shoes with expensive dark synthetic socks - me feet stank. Embarrassing.

Now I wear super light Sperry Topsiders and quality cotton blend crew socks - no steenk'em. And I wear the same pair of shoes every day until they no longer look like shoes.

Some peoples can wear anything, and no smell - suggests to me that individual body chemistry plays a role.

PS: love me winter Merino woolie boolies too.
 

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No matter if you just put them on, always change your socks if you take off your boots. Even if you put your boots on for 10 minutes and took them off again, change your socks.
I believe this to be the answer......had a lot of trouble before...now I've got a mountain of clean wool socks and my feet never smell. I sprinkle baking soda in there if I sweat bad that day.

Gettin a second pair of Red Wings this week to alternate.

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Hahaha. You got the gamut of answers. Oder eaters, wool socks, switch out boots, stop using antiperspirant, possible fungus, boot dryer, freeze them, nuke them, change socks, switch to sneakers when it's hot outside, white socks only, leather boots, antiperspirant on your feet, and baking soda.

Ask a question here and sometimes the head spins.
 

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Hahaha. You got the gamut of answers. Oder eaters, wool socks, switch out boots, stop using antiperspirant, possible fungus, boot dryer, freeze them, nuke them, change socks, switch to sneakers when it's hot outside, white socks only, leather boots, antiperspirant on your feet, and baking soda. Ask a question here and sometimes the head spins.
There are some things all of us are pros at!
 

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Hahaha. You got the gamut of answers. Oder eaters, wool socks, switch out boots, stop using antiperspirant, possible fungus, boot dryer, freeze them, nuke them, change socks, switch to sneakers when it's hot outside, white socks only, leather boots, antiperspirant on your feet, and baking soda.

Ask a question here and sometimes the head spins.
Or you could just wash your feet more than once a week.....:blink:
 

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Keens are comfortable but, they stink! So do all man made materials. I have tried every one of these remedies and this is what I have found.

When your life stinks so do your feet. Find some time to unwind and relax. Short of that, buy only all leather un insulated boots. Have at least 2 pair and dry them on a Peet dryer each night. Also where a wool sock all year around. I get mine from REI. I have Red Wings but now my favorite boot is Thurgoods.
 

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Cartridge in my nose is all busted around, can't really smell to good......

So not my problem :laughing:
 
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