Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent
Excuse my ignorance, but I'm not sure what you mean by a "sticky."
As for the care of the inside of your shoes... Keep wooden shoe trees in them whenever you aren't wearing them. Rub some conditioner into the lining and insole periodically (I try to about twice a year). If your feet aren't very stinky, then you shouldn't need an odor reducing insole, and the insole will change fit characteristics. If you don't need an insole for fit reasons, I'd stay away from them. Use cedar shoe trees instead of some other wood, to help keep them smelling good.
This response did remind me that I've been meaning to ask the input of the others in this thread on conditioning the inside of your shoes. While I do what I said above, I never look forward to it. I have yet to figure out an easy way to condition the insides of my shoes. I get quite frustrated with trying to condition the inside from the ball of the foot area forward. You can't see what you are doing, because your hand is in the way. Stuffing your hand into your shoe and then "blindly" trying to rub in the conditioner, while making sure that you aren't missing areas while over conditioning other areas is my issue. Inevitably, I dab some conditioner onto the cloth and then as I'm reaching into the shoe, half of it gets rubbed off somewhere else before I can get to the area that I'm aiming for. Not to mention the lint that turns the whole process into a sloppy mess. I try to reach in and pinch out the lint that accumulates in front of the toes, but there is always a dusty residue left, and the conditioner soaks it into some sort of a putty. I even tried vacuuming it out with a vacuum nozzle once, but the angle wouldn't quite reach properly.
Maybe I would have better luck with cotton balls rather than a rag?
Maybe I should start working on patenting a vacuum nozzle that is shaped like the forepart of a shoe tree!