Stinky feet can be annoying and embarrassing. They’re caused by bacteria and fungi, which can fester in shoes and leave behind an unpleasant stench. Thankfully, all hope is not lost if your favorite pairs have become odiferous. A deodorizer will neutralize and prevent foul odor from forming, so you’ll never have to worry about taking your shoes off in public again.
To help make your shopping a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best options on the market for instant freshness — including sprays, powders and handy sneaker balls you can pop in your bag on the go. Read on to discover them all.
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1. Lumi Outdoors Natural Shoe Deodorizer Spray
This maximum strength spray features essential oils to fight bacteria that causes odors.
Pros: Available in a refreshing lemon and eucalyptus scent. Doesn't leave behind a residue. Only takes 1-2 sprays per shoe to effectively mask odors.
Cons: Smell may be overpowering at first.
2. Sof Sole Sneaker Balls
Sold in packs of two, these sneaker balls are discreet, inexpensive and super handy to pop in your bag on the go.
Pros: Reasonably priced. Feature a simple twist design, which activates the scent release when open. Offer a clean scent akin to dryer sheets or laundry detergent. Last up to six months per use. Available in a range of colorful designs.
Cons: Scent may be overpowering at first. There is no physical lock for the open position, meaning fine tuning may be required to keep the ball from snapping closed.
3. Foot Sense Foot and Shoe Powder
This all-natural powder is safe enough to use directly on feet and great for those who want a scent-free option.
Pros: Made with zinc oxide, which prevents bacteria growth and blisters from forming. Able to last up to six months with repeated application. Customers are guaranteed a full refund if the product doesn’t perform as promised.
Cons: Powder is hard to spread evenly. Shouldn’t be used in open toed shoes as it leaves behind a residue.
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