My shoes stink.
It's my own fault. They were a cheap pair, obviously very synthetic. But they are neat and professional-looking, and have been very comfortable. And that is a rare thing for me, because I have appallingly awkward feet: a seriously high instep combined with what my mother calls 'hammer toes', and an extra-wide fitting. (I also have double-jointed big toes, but that's another story.) Long ago I resigned myself to spending over-the-odds on shoes, because the alternative is such a false economy. But this pair was an exception to the rule.
So I have been wearing them fairly constantly over the last couple of months. With nylon stockings. Now the smell has got to the point that when I take them off, it fills the room.
|The Heroic and Humble Bicarb|
And d'y'know, it seems to be working. At least, it is working a little bit. The smell no longer fills the surrounding airspace. But close up (i.e., nose in shoe), and it is still pretty rank.
Something more drastic was clearly needed. So I did some googling, and was gratified to see that my first instinct of Bicarbonate of Soda was a good one. The other suggestion I found was to freeze the shoes for a few days in order to kill the bacteria that make the smell. It sounds sensible - a few days in a freezer would kill me as well. Therefore, my shoes are currently in a plastic carrier bag and lurking in the bottom drawer, the frozen bacon bits having first been transferred. I can hang around in my sandals for a few days, this being summer and all.
The ideal result will be entirely smell-free. But I will settle for mildly musty. And if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know.
Total Daily Spend = £0.00