Summer time is fun and sweaty. While sweat happens on every surface of your body, feet tend to be the over-achievers. Feet sweat more than any other part of your body – so let’s all just take a moment and truly appreciate how hard your socks actually work to keep your shoes from smelling.

When Socks Aren’t Enough

That said, socks often don’t do enough to stop the smell from accumulating in your shoes. If you’re on your feet all day, happen to be wearing slip-ons, or simply sweat more than the average person, you’re much more likely to develop pungent feet. Teenagers and pregnant women are more susceptible to smelly feet due to shifting hormones.

There are ways to combat smelly feet before they get out of hand.

Change Your Shoes

Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. The sweat from your feet causes moisture to build up in the shoe. Sweat and moisture create an environment ripe for bacteria to build up. Bacteria smells. Give your shoes a day’s rest in between wearing to allow adequate time for the sweat to evaporate. This is especially important for athletes and teenage boys (who can be a bit smellier than average).

Wash and Dry

This is a no-brainer: Wash and dry your feet thoroughly and change your socks every day. This basic hygiene regimen will help prevent fungus and resulting smelly feet. Choose wool or cotton socks over nylon socks. Purchase socks that have antibacterial properties noted on the tag. These attributes will proactively combat any odor-causing bacteria.

Powders and Alternatives

Gold Bond and Dr. Scholl’s sell foot powders to combat sweat and scent. If you need to go to extreme measures, see your dermatologist regarding Botox injections. Botox is injected into the area and stops sweat production. Dermatologists inject it in feet, hands and underarms.

Shoe Fresheners

If your shoes have picked up a bad odor, we recommend the Thornell Shoe and Sneaker Sweetener. This is a product you can use on shoes AND athletic wear (gym bag, athletic pads and equipment, etc). It not only eliminates existing odors, but it also actively works to prevent odor buildup in the future. More importantly, if you try it, and you don’t like it or it doesn’t work, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So truly, you have nothing to lose…except for that awful smell coming from your sneakers.