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the ewww thing i found when cleaning shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by IsteRed, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. IsteRed

    IsteRed Senior member

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    No, it's not a liquid like this, I'm not an idiot, it's a specific medical liquid made to kill feet fungus like fungi not like something you would use to clean your toilet :) it's called cyteal
     
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  2. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    Oh man......
     
  3. reinhardgs

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    that photo is just gros

    should go check my shoes [​IMG]
     
  4. imatlas

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    ^ that's mildew. Look up Leather Therapy, it was recommend to me by a professional book restorer as the bet treatment for mildewed leather.
     
  5. cptjeff

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    You say something about changing the insoles. If you put inserts in those, you may have been trapping the moisture between the actual insole and the insert you put in there that the shoe wasn't really built for. And the shoe trees probably added to that, blocking air circulation.

    But yeah, some mold killing wouldn't hurt. Condition the leather after you get the mold out though, leather doesn't always react all that well to industrial chemicals.
     
  6. MyOtherLife

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    Damn....that is nasty stuff. have you checked to see if the bottoms of your feet are missing any tissue? No photos necessary.
    I am at a loss for suggestions here, sorry. Best try what iamatlas suggested and if that don't work....

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Typhoid Jones

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    I couldn't sleep and unwittingly wandered in here. Are you using socks? If so, are you using socks with a high nylon content? Socks with a lot of nylon don't allow air circulation and end up hot-boxing your feet and cause them to just dump sweat. Get 100% cotton or 100% wool (or even cashmere or silk if you roll like that) socks - natural fibers are the way to go. Say "no" to nylon socks.

    Good luck with your shoe garden.
     
  8. IsteRed

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    Only natural fiber, cotton mostly, i wear natural fibers even at gym i don't like this modern polyester stuff.


    Well i've seen a doctor and he gave me anti-fungus medication which had to strip all of my feet tissue for the new to grow, here is the thread...


    I've changed the insoles on the Parliaments because it had the orthopedic one in it i've changed it for another.



    The only thing i can blame this on is that my feet naturally are very warm and i sweat heavily, that's the only thing i can think of that can cause this.
     
  9. campbellronald7

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    Hey Iste, did you try the Lysol idea and putting the athlete's foot powder in your shoes. Because even I had similar mold problem but the foot powder actually helped.
     
  10. redips

    redips Well-Known Member

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    Do you change your socks throughout the day? Especially during those 20 h stints, a sock rotation will keep your feett and moisture level low
     
  11. cbfn

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    I would start with not putting shoe trees in the shoes the second you take them off. Instead put some newspaper in there to suck up the moisture, and after about 24h put in the shoe trees. If THAT doesn't work, give up on shoes and get some of these:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I started a thread on this a while back...

    I couldn't find any anti-fungal powder at the drug store so I instead just wiped down the insides with some white vinegar (probably diluted 50/50 with water or something). Maybe I put it in a spray bottle...I can't remember.

    Problem never came back...
    but if you are constantly wearing your shoes for 20+ hours, it might be worthwhile to let them dry a few minutes *before* you stick the trees in. The trees aren't sponges...they can help it dry in the right shape but they aren't going to suck a gallon of sweat out.

    edit:
    To be clear, I think its important to make sure its all dead...especially if you might change shoes or swap around shoe trees and thereby move it around between shoes.
     
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  13. js4design

    js4design Senior member

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    [​IMG]
     
  14. Snedley

    Snedley Senior member

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    It's mildew and is caused by dampness and darkness. Clean them and when you're not wearing them keep them in a bright location not a dark closet because your feetobviously sweat a lot and the shoes are still damp when you put them away.
     

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