Sometimes, running shoes become smelly basically because of perspiration. If your feet easily get sweaty, the odor gets worse because a particular type of bacteria or fungi grows between your toes. Here are a few ways to help keep your running shoes from smelling stinky:
1. Wear the proper kind of running socks. Good socks, which are specifically designed for running can help keep your shoes from drenching in moisture. Running socks which are made of non-cotton fabrics such as synthetic socks can do better at preventing moisture, instead of keeping the sweat in, which commonly happens if you use cotton socks.
Running socks made from various synthetic materials are available. When you are buying socks for your running activities, remember to base your choice on the kind of materials. Cotton fabric stays wet when drenched by sweat, therefore when your feet begins to gather moisture, it will stay wet until you take your socks off. During your winter runs, wearing cotton socks will retain extra moisture which does no help to your feet, and during the summer season it can cause sores on your feet. The best running socks to buy are those made from synthetic fabrics such as acrylic and polyester. During winter time, you may use wool-based socks. If your feet are vulnerable to blisters, you can wear two layers of socks to get additional protection.
2. Store your shoes properly. Store your running shoes in a cool and dry area. Whenever you need to store your shoes longer, take out the sole inserts and put crumpled newspaper to keep them dry discouraging further bacterial growth.
3. Alternate use of shoes. It is better to have more than one pair of running shoes so that you are able to give each pair a rest period when they're not it use. If you run daily, it is advisable to allow your running shoes a breathing period in between routines. This way, your running shoes could last longer giving them adequate time to rest in between your running activities. This is very important especially during winter season. Running with a fresh pair of running shoes will also help diminish the occurrence of running-related injuries. If you can't afford to get two pairs of running shoes at once, try buying a new pair halfway through the life of your present pair of running shoes.
4. Allowing a breath-out period for your shoes can also decrease the chance of getting athlete's foot. This is a fungal infection that thrives in moist places, like those areas between your toes. If you feel itchiness between your toes and soles, and you see the skin cracking, you may have already developed athlete's foot. This is mostly caused by a type of mold-like fungi that thrives best in warm, damp places. This condition is also contagious. Bacteria can transfer when you come in contact with the feet of a individual with athlete's foot. However, you can also get this fungi from moisture-rich surfaces such as your moist running shoes which have not dried out properly or not washed properly. Athlete's foot could be prevented by seeing to it that your feet are completely dry before wearing your socks and running shoes. There are lots of foot care products that are available to keep the condition in check, such as foot sprays and foot powder with anti-fungal properties.
5. You may also use baking soda to help prevent smelly shoes and smelly feet. Sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes after using the. This will absorb the moisture and eliminate the bad odor.