Does your dog avoid chewing on your shoes? People inching away in the locker room? Uh-oh. Sounds like you have a smelly shoe problem. No need to be embarrassed, but you may want to read these tips.
We reached out to our in-house shoe care experts, the Brooks Beasts, to share their scent-sational tips (and stinky shoe selfies). From science to superstition, try these remedies at home:
1. Soak it up with newspaper
Tuck some newspaper in your shoes after a grueling run to capture the sweat. Middle-distance runner Meghan Malasarte likes to make headlines, just so she can re-purpose the newspaper.
2. Out the window
Mark Wieczorek suggests aerating shoes by an open window. When he’s not tending to his own shoes, you can find Mark with his nationally ranked team of teenage runners; coaching them on how to deal with theirs.
3. Spray it off
Known for her tenacity on the track in the 5K and 10K, Deb Maier has her finger on the trigger and is ready to destroy odors (and the competition).
4. Cover it up
As an accomplished 1,500M runner, you can smell Garrett Heath from almost a mile away! In a pinch? A shot of cologne usually does the trick for Garrett.
5. Easy Breezy
When Angela Bizzarri’s shoes get a bit ripe, she puts a dryer sheet under the shoe liner and leaves it overnight. Angela has won a number of national championship battles, but the war on odor is a lifelong pursuit.
6. Embrace the stink!
When all else fails, get cozy with your sneaks. And Riley Masters.
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