Vibram Bad Oder

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  1. Raegan

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    Maybe this is an indelicate question, but this is where most of the Vibram wearers I know are! Do any of you that wear Vibrams, do your shoes ever get just an ungodly oder? I had to throw mine out it got so bad. I wore Komodo Sports as my every day shoe and they got wet a lot. That's kind of unavoidable, I would think shoes would be manufactured to deal with that though.

    Any advice?
     
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    Mine get stinky pretty quickly, especially if I wear them wet. Less so if I wear socks with them. Washing them (in the washer) helps A LOT. I've heard baby powder in them every time you take them off helps, but I'm entirely too lazy for that. Soaking them in a bucket of water with denture cleaner helps too.
     
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    Do you think something like the Flow, with wetsuit material would help? Or be too hot for daily use in the summer?

    Ugh, I don't want to wear socks. :( Do they take away from the barefoot feel?
     
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    Socks barely affect the ground feel. However they do get warm in warm weather, so I only wear them when it's cold and dry.

    I would think the Flow would get even stinkier, but I've never actually tried them.
     
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    Ooooh, they have Komodo Sports in black and orange, I would look so hardcore at the hunt test!
     
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    I have definitely run into this, I think the washing them is what helped break down my first pair so I am hesitant about washing my second pair now. I did use gold bond foot powder and it held off the odor, a lot.

    I have considered socks but I wonder if I will even have room in my shoes for socks? Do you buy a size bigger to fit them? Where do you buy the socks?
     
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    I get socks the same place I get my VFFs, they're Injinji toe socks. They're actually foot-shaped so they fit better than most toe socks. I BARELY have room for socks in my current pair, which is a snug fit. I had tons of room in my last pair, but they were a men's size and a wee bit on the big side anyway. They do make really thin socks, too.
     
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    Oh, the foot funk...lol

    I use a mixture of the following:

    1) Soak them overnight in a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. I put mine in a gallon ziploc bag and make it so it is almost like its vacuum sealed.

    2) Dry them in sunlight - you'll be amazed how much this helps.

    3) Use a tea tree oil spray before putting your shoes on. I do it maybe 2-3 times a week. You can mix this yourself or buy it.
     
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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    I use the washer every 1-3x I wear them. I just treat them like socks instead of shoes.

    Awesome suggestions. Zoom and I were just wondering about you. How are you? <3
     
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    I suggest multiple pairs so you can rotate them. Yep. That's why I have 5 pairs, I swear. ;)

    I generally wash my VFFs every 2-4 wears and when I do, I use pet odor solution on them first (soaking the footbed). So far this has been very effective.

    I do notice that my Lontras are more prone to odor since they don't breathe as well, so I suspect the Flows would be worse than your KS.
     
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    Nature's Miracle!

    Spray liberally inside the shoe, let it soak for about an hour, then machine wash. Easy as that. :)
     

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