Tuesday Tip: The Fuss-Free Way to Eliminate Odor from Smelly Shoes

Tuesday Tip: Smelly Shoes(Source: Thinkstock; Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Whether you wear strappy sandals or closed-toe pumps, it's a gross but true fact that feet sweat while you wear shoes—especially in the summer heat—leaving behind a less-than-desirable scent. Rather than coat your soles in messy baby powder or worse, toss the offending footwear at the end of the season, follow the advice of Leslie Gallin, president of footwear at Advanstar Communications, Inc., where she puts on major footwear trade shows such as FN PLATFORM @ MAGIC and WSA @ MAGIC. Her no-fuss trick for eliminating odor will restore your kicks with minimal effort overnight.

Tuesday Tip: Smelly Shoes(Source: Leslie Gallin)
Unpleasant smelling shoes happens for a number of reasons—whether you were caught in the rain, spent a long hot night standing at a party or have been overusing the same pair without properly airing them out—but the root cause is a buildup of bacteria or fungus. To get rid of the smell and save your precious pairs, take each shoe and place it in a freezer-sized plastic bag with a seal. Leave them in the freezer overnight. The cold temperature will kill any bacteria or fungus causing the odor. By morning, your shoes will smell good as new!"
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