What's the best way to go about disinfecting previously-owned shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Surfrider, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Surfrider

    Surfrider Senior member

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    I have a problem. Several, actually:
    1. I'm a grad student, and will be for some time to come. That is to say, my financial situation is abysmal.
    2. What's more, ever since discovering SF a couple years ago, my taste has shifted towards "nicer" (read: more expensive) accouterments, thus squeezing my already anemic budget even tighter.
    3. Worse still, you nefarious bastards with your "shoe porn" thread have sparked in me a lust for fine footwear- footwear that is, quite simply, out of reach. Unless...
    4. ...unless I buy previously-owned articles. But as somebody with mild-to-moderate germaphobic tenancies, the notion of sticking my feet into somebody else's shoes is a little...icky.
    If I needed to clean shoes made from fabric, I'd probably just grab a bottle of idophor from my box of brewing supplies, soak 'em, and call it a day. But obviously I can't soak a pair of Allen Edmods Sanfords in an aqueous sanitizing solution... Suggestions? -Surfrider PS: As a student of medicine, yes, I know the chance of me catching something that will make my feet rot off is slim to none, but still; the psychological "eww factor" is there. :p
     


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    garmentmerchant Senior member

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    Use that stuff they use at the bowling alley i dont know what it is called but im sure someone on here does
     


  3. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    Ease your way into wearing used shoes by starting with other used items, like ties or maybe underwear.
     


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  5. Surfrider

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    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf69899885.tip.html
    Yeah, I googled a bit before posting. Most of the suggestions revolved around large quantities of isopropyl or somesuch liquid that would screw up good leather.. I dunno, I guess I was looking for something a bit more...global than a dash of anti-fungal power. I guess I'll just suck it up settle for some bowling alley fungicide. I'm probably being a little ridiculous in the first place... [​IMG]


    Ease your way into wearing used shoes by starting with other used items, like ties or maybe underwear.
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  6. andyw

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    Ease your way into wearing used shoes by starting with other used items, like ties or maybe underwear.

    .....hats.
     




  7. B1FF

    B1FF Senior member

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    Yeah, I googled a bit before posting. Most of the suggestions revolved around large quantities of isopropyl or somesuch liquid that would screw up good leather.

    I've used isopropyl to clean the inside used leather shoes*, and it didn't screw them up.


    [*] I wouldn't normally. Thinking about it disgusts me. But you can't hold out for NOS forever.
     


  8. TrulySnob

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    I have bought several ties but 2nd hand shoes among slips is the only thing I wouldn´t buy.

    Shoes even after the first use get the way of the foot and it can deform yours. About slips..no comment...
     


  9. Egdon Heath

    Egdon Heath Senior member

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    I have bought several ties but 2nd hand shoes among slips is the only thing I wouldn´t buy. Shoes even after the first use get the way of the foot and it can deform yours. About slips..no comment...
    Would you consider a used bag of syntax?​
     


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    tonylumpkin Senior member

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    Lysol spray!
     


  11. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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  12. forsbergacct2000

    forsbergacct2000 Senior member

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    Say EEEEEWWWWWW and sell them to the next owner????
     


  13. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    You could dip them in molten lava or simply give a quick spray of Lysol and quit worrying about it. Everybody on here eats at restaurants, puts their hands on public handrails, etc. A pair of lightly used C&Js ain't gonna kill you, and are amongst the least of your health worries.
     


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    forsbergacct2000 Senior member

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    I agree that the molten lava would work!!
     


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