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The leather soles of my dress shoes smell horrible

SolesDamaged

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Hi everyone,

I desperately need your help. I wore my leather-soled dress shoes outside during the winter and it seems that the salt on the ground has damaged the soles and given them a terrible smell. I need a way to get that smell out. I've already tried baking soda. I need heavy duty suggestions. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Wipe them down with diluted vinegar to clean up the salt, and stop doing lines off the soles of your shoes.
 

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Vinegar sounds like a great idea, tends to work on everything. Can also try Febreeze?
 

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I've had great luck with vinegar and sunshine. I dilute vinegar into a spray bottle and use a rag on shoes, gloves or anything leather. It then bakes in the sun and usually kills any smell. I stored a couple of leather items in the cellar of our building and brought back a mildew smell. It took a couple of treatments and a few days to air out to get rid of the mildew and vinegar smell.
 

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Thanks a lot for the replies. I hedged and omitted that I had already tried vinegar. I think the smell has gone down slightly since I started trying to solve this but both vinegar and baking soda have failed me. Any more suggestions would be really fantastic.
 

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