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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by phenom01 View Post

Does alcohol mess up leather?

Dries it out. Bad to use.
post #17 of 20
Nuke it from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

Adding moisture inside a shoe isn't the best approach...

You add moisture with each wear biggrin.gif, sorry to say. On the other hand, if it is about a pair of shoes that was worn by an unknown person, I just prefer to be on the safe side - if totally obsessed you can add a silica pouch to absorb moisture. And use for a time a anti fungal talcum powder ....
post #19 of 20

But using a cloth with alcohol/sanitizer once to get a "fresh start" should not hurt too much. I have done it and I can´t see any damage. When using them you add new sweat that should soften the presumed dry leather. It all depends on the shoe and the value of it.

 

One idea I have is to use a steamer. I have one for cleaning and steaming clothes with exchangable heads. I have been thinking of steaming the inside of shoes. Sure you add some moisture but at least germs and other nasty things will die.

 

 

post #20 of 20
My golf shoes had some odor 'issues' (probably resulting from walking through some swampish ground) that I couldn't quite shake - even with Lysol.

I stumbled across this Kiwi deodorizer product at Dick's Sporting Goods:

http://www.kiwicare.com/kiwimcmssite/us/products/sport/fresh-force.html

It's done an amazing job at eliminating the odeur de swamp.
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