The reason your feet smell is simple: bacteria or fungus feeds off your tasty sweat because you wear your shoes too often. A really easy way to fight foot and shoe odour is to switch up your footwear and avoid too many consecutive days in the same pair. While this isn’t always possible (because who wants to make the effort of sporting 12 pairs of shoes every week?), there are some straightforward fixes to banish the stink.
A spray from NibbleMe: Anti-fungal sprays such as Salcura Topida Liquid Spray are a two-second addition to your morning routine which could see you waving goodbye to smelly feet in no time.
Fight bacteria with tea tree: Bacteria is easily picked up from swimming pools, changing rooms and clinics. A natural remedy for podiatry-related pong is tea tree, available in oils, lotions and sprays like this one.
Keep those feet clean: Don’t give bacteria the chance to thrive in between toes and hairs. Use a medicated soap such as Hibiscrub, leave it on your feet for a few minutes, then wash off and dry feet thoroughly. If your feet suffer from sensitivity or eczema then why not treat them to a gentle footbath with Magnesium Oil Soak from NibbleMe.
Odour-repellent socks: Decent brands to try include DryMax, Injinji and New Balance socks made with olefin. Merino wool and bamboo are increasing in popularity for their smell repelling properties. Avoid nylon socks altogether.
Go barefoot when you can: Once you’ve got those first steps down, your family won’t mind so much when you whip those socks off at the end of the day. Allow your feet to breathe by opting for sandals in summer.
If problems persist, then check for flakiness and peeling which can be symptoms of Athlete’s foot and is easily treated with over-the-counter medicines. Diabetics can experience additional problems with circulation and foot sweat; if concerns remain then visit your GP.