How to Keep Running Shoes Fresh
There’s no need to be ashamed.
After all your training, we know your running shoes probably aren’t smelling exactly, um, rosy. Other than designating a quarantined corner of your home for the shoes to occupy when not in use, what can you do to fix the problem?
The root of the odor problem is a matter of fungi and bacteria. If you can kill or prevent bacteria from forming, you can prevent shoe odor.
Here are several ways to eliminate shoe odor:
- Sprinkle baking soda inside overnight.
- You can also use activated charcoal inside a thin sock, talcum powder or cedar chips.
- Put shoes inside bags and leave in freezer overnight.
- Wash or replace shoelaces.
- Clean outsides of shoes with an old toothbrush, water and soap.
- Never dry wet shoes near a heating vent or fireplace (can cause shoes to lose their shape).
- Stuff paper towels inside wet shoes to absorb moisture. Replace as needed until dry.
- Wear running socks with moisture wicking.
- Wash feet thoroughly in the shower, scrubbing between the toes.
Any other ideas or suggestions?
For tips on choosing the right running shoe, check out our article here.