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whippersnapper


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On sunday I was out climbing at the crag, doing a few warm up climbs on some easy cracks. My shoes were stinking more than normal, and my girlfriend had some hand sanitizer with her, so I tried putting a light coating of the stuff on my feet before putting on my shoes.

After the climb, the smell was (almost) gone. To notice it, you had to put your face right up to the shoe.

Am I gonna die?


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whippersnapper wrote:
Am I gonna die?

Absolutely.

Oh, you meant from putting hand sani on your feet? I doubt it. But I never would have thought my water bottle was dangerous either...


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No "breakthrough" necessary. When you're done climbing put your shoes someplace where they can dry as quickly as possible.

d.


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for some of us this is simply not enough..i think i need something industrial strength since my combo of Optimus Prime's and Sanuk's could evacuate a small building.


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I wear thin synthetic socks in my climbing shoes. Took a few climbs to get used to, but my shoes don't stink and I have no problems with "hot spots". The socks, however, smell pretty terrible until you wash them. I'm thinking the socks wouldn't help a pair of shoes that already stink, only a pair of brand new ones. My guess is the socks absorb the sweat which causes bacterial growth inside the shoe.


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dlintz wrote:
No "breakthrough" necessary. When you're done climbing put your shoes someplace where they can dry as quickly as possible.

d.

Which means not inside your pack.


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benmoreite wrote:
whippersnapper wrote:
Am I gonna die?

Absolutely.

Oh, you meant from putting hand sani on your feet? I doubt it. But I never would have thought my water bottle was dangerous either...

However, if you start trying to eat with your toes, you'd best get help.


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cavemanNdisguise wrote:
My guess is the socks absorb the sweat which causes bacterial growth inside the shoe.

I think it has more to do with the dead skin cells left in the shoe, or in this case, the sock.


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bobbj22 wrote:
for some of us this is simply not enough..i think i need something industrial strength since my combo of Optimus Prime's and Sanuk's could evacuate a small building.

I hear that, my girlfriend hates when i ever wear my Sanuks now. Although i must admit, i dont mind the smell of my climbing shoes, they smell like success.


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bill413 wrote:
dlintz wrote:
No "breakthrough" necessary. When you're done climbing put your shoes someplace where they can dry as quickly as possible.

d.

Which means not inside your pack.

This is korrekt.

Shoe funk is all about bacteria thriving in a dark, moist environment. Remove moisture from the equation and all will be right in the world. I'm not saying you'll be smellin' roses but it will be massively improved.

Mind you I'm not talking about airing out the shoes every once in a while...you need to do it every time.

d.


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http://www.drscholls.com/...kup&searchArg=29
I use this once a month and have no problems with shoe funk. Note I wear Evolve and we all know they are the worst smelling shoes.


(This post was edited by asiaclimber on Sep 14, 2009, 10:53 PM)


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My favorite way is just to put drier sheets inside the shoes while you keep them in storage. No clue if this damages the shoe or not but it does make my feet smell like mountain air every time I go climbing :D


whippersnapper


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Drier sheets sound like a good idea, I'm going to try that one.

I'm curious if anyone else has tried the hand sani method, it really worked well. I only did it once and the shoes have been good ever since.


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Anything you try will work to get rid of the smell right away. Cleaning your feet also helps.

Preventing them from growing smelly bacteria in the first place will be the better solution. Keep them in a low humidity, bright environment as much as possible.

Once they become infested airing them out will not fix your funk. Do one of your methods of removing the smell, then keep then cool, ventilated , and clean.


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code08 wrote:
My favorite way is just to put drier sheets inside the shoes while you keep them in storage. No clue if this damages the shoe or not but it does make my feet smell like mountain air every time I go climbing :D

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dlintz wrote:
bill413 wrote:
dlintz wrote:
No "breakthrough" necessary. When you're done climbing put your shoes someplace where they can dry as quickly as possible.

d.

Which means not inside your pack.

This is korrekt.

Shoe funk is all about bacteria thriving in a dark, moist environment. Remove moisture from the equation and all will be right in the world. I'm not saying you'll be smellin' roses but it will be massively improved.

Mind you I'm not talking about airing out the shoes every once in a while...you need to do it every time.

d.

I have to disagree. My shoes NEVER go inside the pack. They are either clipped to the outside of the pack, or clipped to my harness bag when I go in the gym. They are aired out.

It doesn't stop them from smelling quite horrendous.


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I borrow the rental spray and use it in my shoes every time I go to the gym. I make my kids do the same. It does not seem to damage the shoes (some of them are on multiple resoles) and it very effectively prevents the funk.


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Like many have said, bacteria is the cause.

Kill the bacteria, kill the stink.

I keep a bottle of Lysol in the outside pocket of my pack and spray the inside of them after every use. Then i clip them to my pack.

It works great! I have a pair of Sportiva Mythos that have been resoled 4 times over the past 6 years and they do not smell at all.

If i stop using the lysol... stinky!

C


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shockabuku wrote:
I borrow the rental spray and use it in my shoes every time I go to the gym. I make my kids do the same. It does not seem to damage the shoes (some of them are on multiple resoles) and it very effectively prevents the funk.

While it certainly doesn't damage the shoes, In my experience it doesn't help the stink either, and only makes the shoes slimy inside after multiple uses.

I should add that there is one particular shoe model that is much stinkier than any other pair of shoes that I have owned--5.10 Sirens win the stink competition.

(I've had 5.10 Saphires, Evolv Electra, and la Sportiva Testarossa to compare to-- all got stinky with use, of course, but none got anywhere close to the Siren funk)

I have tried the drier sheets. I have tried Dr.Scholl's powder and the little plastic inserts with something in them... nothing works substantially.

But Sirens are still my favorite fit-wise, so I keep climbing in them, stink or not.


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Urine is a great disinfectant. It also has the added benefit of returning hard old leather shoes to their soft and supple former glory.


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gmggg wrote:
Urine is a great disinfectant. It also has the added benefit of returning hard old leather shoes to their soft and supple former glory.

Well done! Then you could use your shoes for stepping on jellyfish and stingrays.


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Sounds like you are forever cursed with the shoe funk. Unsure

When I get home from climbing I open my shoes as wide as possible and set them in front of a small fan to speed up the drying process.

d.


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I throw my shoes in the Dishwasher on the pots/pans/sanitize cycle once a month. Keeps them clean and smell free. As a bonus, it shrinks the leather slightly.


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lena_chita wrote:
shockabuku wrote:
I borrow the rental spray and use it in my shoes every time I go to the gym. I make my kids do the same. It does not seem to damage the shoes (some of them are on multiple resoles) and it very effectively prevents the funk.

While it certainly doesn't damage the shoes, In my experience it doesn't help the stink either, and only makes the shoes slimy inside after multiple uses.

I guess your experience is different than mine. No sliminess, no stink.


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sidepull wrote:
gmggg wrote:
Urine is a great disinfectant. It also has the added benefit of returning hard old leather shoes to their soft and supple former glory.

Well done! Then you could use your shoes for stepping on jellyfish and stingrays.

I luvz da C critterz 2 much

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