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phoenix marathonThere’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.