Keeping your socks on around others. Spraying your closet with air freshener. Avoiding sandals, even when it’s hot. If you’ve ever had smelly feet and especially if it happens often, odds are you’ve tried one or several of these tricks to try to reduce the smell in your shoes and on your feet, cover it up, or hide it from those around you. Unfortunately, many of these tricks simply delay the inevitable or don’t work at all. Smelly feet aren’t something people like to advertise or discuss, but it’s a common problem. And it’s not just something athletes or those with manual jobs have; anyone is at risk.
The good news is there are many effective solutions for preventing smelly feet. So get ready to take a deep breath—without worrying what you’ll smell—and check out these ten fixes for smelly feet…
1. Wear the Right Socks
Smelly feet are often caused by bacteria that forms as a result of your feet sweating, and choosing the right socks to wear can help reduce that sweat—and in turn, the unpleasant odor. To help your feet breathe when wearing socks, go for materials like cotton or wool that naturally allow more air to get through, keeping your feet cooler. Avoid synthetic socks like polyester, which can stifle your feet, leading to excess sweat that gets trapped and encourages the growth of bacteria.
On top of breathable materials to look for, there are active or sportswear socks that are not only made of the right material, but contain special ventilation materials strategically placed in areas prone to sweat. There’s a common misconception that the color of socks can affect whether or not they’ll make you sweat more, which stems from the notion that dyes can make socks less breathable and cause feet to sweat. But you can’t base your sock shopping on color because white socks are dyed too, so pay attention to the material and style instead.