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feet stink with dress socks/shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by maxgohan, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. maxgohan

    maxgohan Well-Known Member

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    my feet always stink when i wear dress socks with dress sheos...

    with my regular kicks and some nice comfy hanes socks i have zero problems.

    what gives?
     
  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    my feet always stink when i wear dress socks with dress sheos... with my regular kicks and some nice comfy hanes socks i have zero problems. what gives?
    What kind of shoes are we talking about? "Dress" means so many different things to people on this forum... It could be the construction of the shoe...too much plastic or synthetics; or it could be the quality of the leather used in the shoe. It could even be a combination of your body chemistry and the lining in the shoes--an awkward reaction.
     
  3. maxgohan

    maxgohan Well-Known Member

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    i think it may something to do with my socks,
    what are some good dress socks that are very breathable

    dress shoes meaning just your regular black shoes from aldo or whatever? black leather....
     
  4. R-H

    R-H Senior member

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    i think it may something to do with my socks,
    what are some good dress socks that are very breathable

    dress shoes meaning just your regular black shoes from aldo or whatever? black leather....


    My feet used to sweat torrents when I wore those cheap Aldo/Ken Cole dress shoes. Once I switched to decent calfskin shoes the problem stopped immediately.
     
  5. djordje esquire

    djordje esquire Member

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    Have you tried a sprinkle of Roberts Borotalco in your shoes?
     
  6. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Have you tried a sprinkle of Roberts Borotalco in your shoes?

    That fake parmesan cheese from Kraft that comes in the cardboard tube also works, but you have to sprinkle heavily.

    Another thing to try is Botox injections into your feet.


    - B
     
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    It could be socks with too high a percentage of artificial fibers. Try any socks with 20% or less nylon/poly/whatever.
     
  8. maxgohan

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    That fake parmesan cheese from Kraft that comes in the cardboard tube also works, but you have to sprinkle heavily.

    Another thing to try is Botox injections into your feet.


    - B


    lol that seems excessive, i just think there isn't enough air circulation in my dress shoes

    i'm gonna try switching to some cotton sports socks and see if that does anything....
     
  9. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    Some people sweat alot more when they are stressed out at work or if they are nervous when giving a speech or presentation or closing a big deal. When they are away from work and relaxed, their feet don't sweat as much. Strange but true.
     
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    Ataturk Senior member

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    My experience is exactly the opposite. Sneakers and sport socks stink; dress shoes don't. I always thought it was because the lining/insoles/etc. in good dress shoes is made of leather instead of synthetic.
     
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    That fake parmesan cheese from Kraft that comes in the cardboard tube also works, but you have to sprinkle heavily.

    Another thing to try is Botox injections into your feet.


    - B


    Vox, I think that your humor was lost on the poster, however, I appreciated it.
     
  12. sonlegoman

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    My feet used to sweat torrents when I wore those cheap Aldo/Ken Cole dress shoes. Once I switched to decent calfskin shoes the problem stopped immediately.
    The tanning process of high quality leather makes for really good antibacterial/antifungal. There are buried treasure found on the ocean floor that was covered in good leather whereby none of the ocean's floor microbes dared entered. My advice: get better shoes.
     
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    Your feet sweating is a problem with the socks or the cheap shoes, but the smelly sweat is due to poor diet.
     
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    Try using pocket squares instead of socks.
     
  15. sonlegoman

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    Your feet sweating is a problem with the socks or the cheap shoes, but the smelly sweat is due to poor diet.
    Are you a doctor? Sweat mixes with skin cells and ferments in the presence of bacteria regardless of diet. The key is to kill the bacteria or slow its fermentation process or dry the sweat so that the sweat can't mix with the skin cells. You've got three choices and three approaches. Wear an "antiperspirant" that contains heavy metals that will plug your skin cells so as to produce less sweat. Wear better shoes/socks that have better circulation that dries your feet before the fermentation process can occur. Wear high quality leathers that have a natural antibacterial action due to the acids/tannins in the leather so that even with all the sweat and skin cells, there's no bacteria to ferment the sweat and skin cells. And wash your feet. You'd be surprised at how much dead skin cells cover your feet. It's the place that is covered all day with cloth that is in direct contact. Just like your ball sack, your feet can get pretty grody.
     
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    I suspect the OP is wearing cheap socks. Certain dress socks with poor quality polyester and rayon often smell bad after wearing. For example, rental tuxedos come with cheap socks that stink terribly after a single night's use.

    The answer is wool or wool blend socks. They breath better than cotton so there's less perspiration, and from experience the fibers don't get as stinky as cotton after a full day's wear.
     
  17. DWFII

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    Especially import shoes often are lined with leathers that are tanned with chemicals that react to perspiration. I've seen this a lot. I don't have the problem but poorly tanned leathers sometime make the shoe smell worse than just about any other odor I've ever had the displeasure to encounter.

    As mentioned, better quality shoes can really make a difference.
     
  18. maxgohan

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    I suspect the OP is wearing cheap socks. Certain dress socks with poor quality polyester and rayon often smell bad after wearing. For example, rental tuxedos come with cheap socks that stink terribly after a single night's use.

    The answer is wool or wool blend socks. They breath better than cotton so there's less perspiration, and from experience the fibers don't get as stinky as cotton after a full day's wear.


    probably it, i'll try to get some wool socks tonight and see what happens
    the current pairs i got 4 pairs for $10 lol
     
  19. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    probably it, i'll try to get some wool socks tonight and see what happens the current pairs i got 4 pairs for $10 lol
    I'm almost embarrassed to admit it since I live, breather and make high quality shoes...but I buy cheap socks myself. I get them at the local Walmart or where-ever. I've never had any problem with odor because of socks. In fact, I suspect that synthetic fibers are less likely to retain or encourage odour causing bacteria than natural fibers, although they may cause greater quantities of perspiration. I still suspect the leather in the linings--leather is preserved animal skins. If it is not tanned correctly it it is far more likely...just by virtue of the kind of sustrate that it is...to encourage bacteria growth. BTW, the last pair of sock I bought were three pairs for $10.00 or something like that and were bamboo fiber.
     
  20. maxgohan

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    im sure it has to do with my socks because i dont have any problems with more breathable materials such as my sports socks....

    maybe the fibers of my socks are restricting air flow to my feet and creating odor?
     

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