Sunday, August 06, 2006

Stinky Feet

Muffin Man's Land's End sandals are pretty, hard-wearing, and abuse-loving but BOY HOWDY are they ever stinky.

MM has never had a problem with stinky feet before. Not ever. So I know it's the sandals that make his feet smell like a cow barn.

Seriously. Smelly, smelly, stenchy, yucky. Foot odor not even a mother could love.

So today we went sandal shopping and...sadly...found nada. The stores don't seem to care that it is still 100 degrees in the shade. It's Back To School time and that means no more sandals to be found.

Once again, his stinky peyooey sandals are in the wash.

Anyone got any advice on fighting foetid foot odor?

12 comments:

Anne Glamore said...

insist on socks. i know it's not fashionable, but between the stench and the fashion you have to choose!!

Phantom Scribbler said...

Baking soda poured all over the footbed? I do that with my sandals occasionally. It doesn't restore them to total non-smellability, but it does improve things somewhat.

jo(e) said...

I make all my kids leave their sandals on the front porch in the sun. My theory is that the sun will kill the bacteria and the sandals will smell better. Well, I don't know how well that works, but at least the sandals are out there where I can't smell them ....

KLee said...

I know a couple of people who swear by running the sandals through a dishwasher cycle. I don't know that I would go that far, though. I mean, you then have to eat off of shoe-flavored dishes. Ick.

I've also heard that rubbing in a little tea tree oil can help reduce the smell. I've also heard that rubbing it with lemon can help, but I would think that that would be sticky. Let me know if you try any of these "cures" and if they work.

Lynne said...

A friend of mind has a saying: "Once a stinker, always a stinker." In this vein, try zappos.com; they still have quite a few sandals, shipping is free, and you can search by price.
Also, I've found Lands End to be wonderful about returns, even of used items. Maybe they would be considered defective and they'll let you return?

Quinn said...

I do the baking soda trick, usually setting them out in the sun (I don't have any science behind that... but I could make something up.) And then a liberal dash of Odor Eaters foot spray.

Mummy/Crit said...

Yeah, it's weird. Are they the rubber 'teva' type sandals? I find they get really smelly, but you can wash them easily - I recommend a scrubbing brush, and ti-tree oil should do the thing (it's anti bacterial). I keep D'Arcy in leather sandals - a bit more expensive sometimes, but not too bad. Good luck.

Genevieve said...

Hmm - I hear Crocs are better on that, and they're still for sale on-line (try fogdog.com).

halloweenlover said...

Poor Muffin Man! I have no suggestions, except for odor eater spray. That is odd, though.

Heather said...

Oh I hear you. K has smelly little just-turned-two-year-old feet. Just due to the fact that he's been wearing sandals all summer. It is quite rank. I have no advice...just with you in the nonpleasant odor wars.

(Why don't my daughter's feet stink that bad? She wears the same type of sandals!)

Piece of Work said...

Just order him another pair, slightly larger, on-line. THen he can use them the rest of this summer and maybe next year too. And you can throw out the stinky ones. Although I like Joe's idea too.

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