It goes without saying that no-one likes smelly feet… There is nothing worse than taking off your shoes and being hit with a foul odour. Smelly feet can occur for numerous reasons. Let us guide you through some tips & advice to help prevent your shoes from stinking and your feet being smelly.

The number one rule when it comes to choosing the right footwear to combat smelly feet is ensuring your shoes are made from porous breathable fibres such as canvas and leather. While you should avoid footwear made with a rubber, plastic or synthetic material. As this will trap in the heat & moisture making your feet sweat even more.

Smelly Feet
Foot Health Guide Smelly Feet

Why Does This Happen?

Before we can help your smelly feet problem, lets take a look at why feet sweat. Stinky feet are a common problem all your round and is medically known as bromodosis. The main cause behind this foot problem is a combination of sweaty feet combined with wearing the same shoes every day.

Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature and time of year although it does seem to be more common in teenagers and pregnant women. This is due to the hormonal changes occurring making their feet sweat more than usual.

Other common reasons are if you’re on your feet all day and wear shoes that are too tight, under a lot of stress or have hyperhidrosis. This is a medical condition which means your feet sweat more than usual.

When you wear the same shoes every day the sweat soaks into your shoes and they don’t get a chance to fully dry out before you wear them again resulting in your feet becoming smelly.


The good news is there are some things you can do at home to help prevent smelly feet.

Healthy Feet


We recommend getting in touch with your local pharmacist who can advise you on the right antibacterial soap for you to wash your feet with once a day.

drying smelly feet


It is really important to thoroughly dry your feet after you’ve washed them or any time they get wet, especially between the toes.

shoes for smelly feet


One of the most important factors is not wearing the same shoes 2 days in row so that they have at least 24 hrs to dry out between use. Now you have a good reason to go shoe shopping :-)

Changing Socks


Along with changing your shoes regularly it stands to reason you should also change your socks at least once a day. Ideally you should wear wool or cotton socks and avoid synthetic materials.

Our List of Best Shoes for Smelly Feet


A pair of ballerina pumps are an essential item for your shoe rack as they can be worn to work for a chic look or paired with a pair of jeans for the summer BBQ with friends. No matter the occasion you wouldn’t want smelly feet. Check through our selection of Gabor Pumps, Ara Pumps orĀ IMAC pumps as many of their styles are made with leather uppers which will allow your feet to breathe.



Everyone needs a pair of comfortable casual shoes to run about it on the weekends and/or on holiday. While keeping busy you want to be sure that your footwear has been manufactured using breathable materials such as leather. A pair of Gabor Shoes, ECCO shoes or Legero shoes is our top choice in this category as the uppers, lining and sock are all made with the highest quality of leather ensuring no moisture is trapped in your shoes.



When it comes to a good pair of ankle boots that are going to allow your feet to breathe while also keeping moisture out a good pair of GORE-TEX boots should be your number one choice. But we understand that sometimes a pair of GORE-TEX boots is not the style you’re after, nor within your budget range then not to worry we have some great options available. We can highly recommend IMAC boots or Alpina boots which feature their own “TEX” technology meaning they’re guaranteed to keep you dry while still allowing your feet to breathe and are constructed using on the highest quality materials. A pair of ankle boots made with leather is always recommended when you struggle with smelly feet and we have a good selection from brands such as Gabor, Ecco, Regarde le Ciel, Relaxshoe and more…



The last thing anyone wants is to go to the beach or picnic with friends and be too afraid to take off their sandals in case their feet smell. As we’ve said before a good pair of leather or canvas shoes are best for smelly feet as they allow your feet to breathe. Closed to sandals seem to be a popular style choice for the summer season. Perhaps it’s due to this particular style hiding bad toes while still giving you a summery feel. Well don’t let the smell let you down. We have various styles available in good quality leathers such as Pikolinos or certain styles from Toni Pons. Alternatively opt for something more affordable & light in canvas such as Clarks or Toni Pons once again. Alternatively Adesso do a range of quirky and colourful elasticated sandals and shoes which again will allow your feet to breathe.



What could be worse than being afraid to take of your shoes under your desk at work or the dinner table for fear of smelling the place out??? If you struggle with sweaty feet that become smelly then follow our guidelines above. As previously mentioned leather shoes are a must for sweaty feet as they will allows your feet to breathe. We stock a great collection of Leather Heels with Peter Kaiser being our favourite. But if you’re after something a little more casual and trendy, then try a pair of Fly London Wedge Heels. When browsing through our online shop, have a read through our product description and info and be on the lookout for mention of leather uppers and/or leather insole as these are ideal for those who struggle with sweaty feet.