STOP THE STINK

Keep your feet smelling fresh all day with these tips.

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Let your toes breathe

Here’s a tip for lunchtime work­out fans. If you’re con­stantly slip­ping from gym shoes right into pumps (es­pe­cially af­ter a shower), you’re en­cour­ag­ing a warm, damp en­vi­ron­ment that fungi and odour-caus­ing bac­te­ria thrive in. In­stead, pack a pair of light­weight, open-toed san­dals so your feet can air out as much as pos­si­ble be­fore you head back to the of­fice.

Clean your shoes

If they al­ready stink, don’t throw them out just yet. Try sun­ning your footwear to kill bac­te­ria. Also, if you can re­move the laces and in­soles, be sure to do that first to max­imise the de­odor­is­ing ef­fects of the sun’s rays. In fact, you might want to re­place your in­soles al­to­gether. With pumps, some light clean­ing with rub­bing al­co­hol or an­tibac­te­rial wipes will sani­tise your kicks in sec­onds.

Pick a more ex­cit­ing shoe de­sign

No, we’re not talk­ing about crazy colours or overly fan­ci­ful de­tails. To en­cour­age bet­ter air­flow around your feet, you might want to trade your cov­ered pumps for shoes with peep toes, strate­gi­cally placed flo­ral cut-outs, or even a sling­back heel. Some­thing in a wo­ven or braided ma­te­rial helps, too. Get a few pairs so you can ro­tate them daily and let your shoes air out be­tween wears.

Swop your socks

De­signs abound when it comes to cut­ting, pat­terns, and hues, so you can and should wear them with any type of footwear. Cot­ton or wool socks ef­fec­tively ab­sorb mois­ture. There are even pairs made of bam­boo, which sup­pos­edly have good breatha­bil­ity, and ones threaded with car­bon or sil­ver to re­duce odour. How­ever, try to stay away from ny­lon, polyester and other syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als, which may trap per­spi­ra­tion. At the end of the day, even if socks don’t seem sweaty, put them in the wash as a sec­ond wear al­most guar­an­tees foul-smelling feet.

Soak your feet

Kill bac­te­ria liv­ing on feet with an an­tibac­te­rial soak. Fill a tub with warm wa­ter, tip in some vine­gar or an­tibac­te­rial so­lu­tion, im­merse your feet and re­lax for 10 min­utes.

Use foot sprays and pow­ders

These quell iff y odours al­most in­stantly and are easy to use.They keep feet com­fort­ably dry, too. But the ef­fects don’t seem to last for more than a few hours. Thank­fully, the bot­tles are of­ten small enough to slip into your bag for a dis­creet spritz when needed.

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