Excessive perspiration from the feet causes shoe odor. The moisture from the perspiration provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, which cause shoes to smell. Shoe odor is most common in athletic shoes, but the problem can occur with any type of shoe. Foot and shoe odor is an embarrassing problem that many sufferers struggle with any time they have to remove their shoes around other people.
Things You'll Need:
Shoe deodorant spray
Fill a pair of old socks with cat litter, and tie a knot at the end of each sock to keep the cat litter from spilling out. Place one sock in each shoe and leave overnight. The cat litter with help absorb trapped moisture in the shoes as well as neutralize the odor.
Sprinkle baking soda inside each shoe and leave overnight. Shake out the baking soda before wearing the shoes. Baking soda will help neutralize the odor of smelly shoes.
Spray the inside of each shoe with a shoe deodorant spray. Allow the spray to dry completely before wearing the shoes.
Place odor-neutralizing insoles in your shoes. Replace once a month.