Stinky Tevas

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1. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I have leather Teva sandals that I really love but they absolutely stink!! Do you have any tips to un-stink my beloved sandals?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I don't know about Teva's, but on most of my shoes a shoe deodorant works quite well. My personal brand won't mean anything to you, so just look for such a spray in a drugstore close to you. These sprays smell slightly of lemon and they really neutralise any stink from cheesy feet. If however the stink comes from the Teva rubber itself....

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I have flip flops that I've used for boating for years, and they could take down an army. No matter what I tried to wash them with, they embarass me every time I pull them out of my bag. I've resorted to a pair of Croc flip-flops that promise to be good as new with just a rinse under the tap. I don't know if they're good for hiking, but they're pretty comfy...

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 520 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I think a lot of these things have an anti bacterial built into the material. Hence they smell so bad after a while. I know, it defeats the purpose.

I use thick hiking boots everywhere, and thick woolly socks. +45 degrees, - 23. My feet sweat badly. Never a smell. Why? Tea Tree oil.

On those long 3 day overland trips where changing clothes is not a primary concern. Or the wash bag has not been dealt with for a reason. I put tea tree oil on my feet. Never had a problem aside from stinging the crap out of me. I won't mention how long I have gone in the same pair of socks... but it's not offended anyone.

I am clean, I swear

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

My last pair of sandals were horrible in that in hot weather bits seemed to gunk up and cover my toes/bottom of feet in a kind of smelly black gunge. So not only did my fee/sandals stink, but i every time i took them off, i would walk slime through the building until i got to the bathroom so could was my feet.

I tried neutralising the smell with lots of things (Chilli's work quite well but attract animals and also sting like buggery if you have blistered feet or broken skin....) and never found a reliable solution. I took to soaking/washing them properly every 2 or 3 days and that kind of helped. I chucked them as soon as the trip was over.

6. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i had the same problem with my suede/leather tevas. it got so bad that it even made the base of my feet go brown.
i ended up having to scrub them and then leave them sitting covered in that shoe anti-smell powder stuff (it comes in lots of brands) for a couple of days.
it definatly improved the smell.

7. Posted by RainTurtle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi, all.

I joined a moment ago in order to post a reply to this one. With any luck, my mistake will be of assistance to someone else.

Baking soda / sodium bicarbonate worked well to get the smell out of steel-toed "work boots" (which look more like some kind of running shoe) that had been accidentally left in a box in the back of my station wagon for a week in 35C temperatures. The problem is that they were still wet from doing field work in a river when they were left in the car. The smell was simply indescribable.

I filled them with, and buried them in, baking soda, left them overnight. Then I dumped out the soda, knocked the caked soda out of the shoes, and repeated every day for a week. The first bunch of baking soda was actually "carpet deodorizer" made of baking soda and some obnoxious scented stuff. Why not use it up? It couldn't make things any worse.

You'll need to brush the soda off any suede parts of your sandals, at the end. A worn out tooth-brush will do the job.

Adding the contents of a tea-bag is supposed to be helpful. I imagine that a drop of tea-tree oil wouldn't hurt, either.

Good luck.


8. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your replies and I will try each and every one of them.

P.s. Welcome to TP RainTurtle :)