I think we can all agree that there are few things as embarrassing as seeing people twitch up their noses and curse under their breath at the stench from our foot odor. The humiliating stares and sudden, stolen glances towards your direction all combine to make it an unpleasant experience.
To make us comfortable and effective at work, our work boots are heavily lined and fortified, which could in turn cause our feet to heat up and sweat. This then causes a foul odor that oozes out whenever we take off our boots and expose our feet.
In this article, we’re going to be reviewing proven tips that can help in keeping our feet dry in our work boots, thereby reducing or eliminating the embarrassing stench.
Choose according to the nature of your work
When purchasing a work boot, this must be put into consideration. There is no point going for a relatively heavy boot if your work won’t require you to navigate rocky, bushy, swampy, or tough environments. Going for a lighter choice will be expedient in that case as this will eliminate or reduce the issue of sweating.
Have you considered the socks therapy?
Wearing proper cotton socks can help in soaking up the sweat from our feet, thereby keeping our feet arm and eliminating the stench. It is however important to note that efforts must be put into ensuring that the socks are properly washed and dried up before being used the next day otherwise this could worsen the case.
The miracle of Foot powders
Investing in quality foot powders can go a long way in helping to combat the menace of profuse sweating. The inherent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial components in these powders will help reduce irritation and ensure your feet stay fresh and dry.
Don’t forget to clean your boots regularly
If you are ever going to win the war against sweaty and smelly feet then you must take time to clean your boot thoroughly after each day’s work. Take out the boot inners and wash them properly and hang them to dry alongside the boot. You, don’t mind about ruining the boot, they are made tough and durable enough and can take a good washing. This will help keep your boot clean and dry for the next use.
Foot hygiene is key, never underestimate it
Always take some time to thoroughly clean your feet with warm water whenever you’re done with your daily routine. Special anti-fungal and anti-bacterial soaps and lotions will help clean your pores and get rid of harmful germs, leaving your feet fresh.
Stuff with waste paper
Stuffing your boot with waste papers can help soak up the moisture overnight thereby leaving your boots fresh and ready for the next day.
All you have to do is get a few pieces of used papers, crumple, and stuff inside your work boots and go to bed, leaving them to perform their wonder of sucking up all bad smell from your boots.
Use Foot Deodorant
Deodorants are not just meant for armpits alone. Always take time to spray your feet after washing and drying with a towel.
This method won’t be expedient for those who have sensitive skin, however, because it could irritate the skin and worsen the case. Spray the inner of your work boots thoroughly instead, to reduce the effect of the sweating. If you don’t have rash-sensitive skin then you should do this together with spraying your foot too.
Invest in Cedar Shoe Trees
Shoe trees are not just great for regular, fashion boots alone: they are great for work boots too. This is because, apart from helping your boot retain its shape, they help suck up odor and contains anti-bacterial components.
You’ll do yourself a whole lot of good by investing in a pair.
All the tips mentioned above are proven techniques that have helped save others from embarrassment over the years. We hope you find them useful too.