Best Shoes for Sweaty and Smelly Feet

Finding the best shoes for dealing with sweaty and smelly feet can be a challenging prospect. Ultimately, everyone is different. With that in mind, as independent footwear experts who are asked this very question every day by our customers, we thought we would share our knowledge. Here is our guide on selecting the appropriate materials, reasons why your feet might be smelly or sweaty and our personal recommendations for different styles of shoes.

1. best trainers for smelly feet

A pair of trainers are an essential everyday item in any wardrobe. Our range of Skechers are made from mesh fabric uppers that are airy and help to keep your feet cool. Alternatively, our luxury-styled Womens Gabor trainers have breathable leather uppers that absorb excess moisture. We strongly advise against wearing cupsole trainers and rubber bumpers where there is no airflow or ventilation allowed. We recommend these trainers:

WOMENS Remonte AltostarRemonte Altostar White Leather Trainers


  • Soft Leather Upper
  • Padded footbed
  • Fully Lacing
  • Available in 7 colours


MENS Ecco Street Tray Ecco Street Tray M Light Grey Trainers for Sweaty Feet


  • Full Leather Upper
  • Padded Footbed
  • Fully Lacing
  • Removable Insole
  • Shock Absorbent



2. best Womens COMFORT Lacing SHOES for sweaty feet

Everyone needs a pair of comfortable casual shoes for weekend social meetings or holidays. You want to be sure that your footwear has been manufactured using breathable materials such as leather. We recommend:

Legero Tanaro StitchLegero Tanaro Stitch Women's Comfort Lacing Shoes


  • Soft Suede Upper
  • Removable Insole
  • Fully Lacing
  • Available in 16 colours
  • Also available with a zip and Gore-Tex


Imac KaylaIMAC women's comfort lacing shoes for sweaty feet


  • Full Leather Upper
  • Padded Footbed
  • Stretchy Lace
  • Removable Insole
  • Shock Absorbent
  • Cushioned lining
  • Extra Wide Fit


3. Best BOOTS for sweaty feet

When it comes to boots that are breathable, a pair of GORE-TEX boots should be your number one choice. Leather uppers with TEX membranes help to keep your feet dry for excellent value for money. Leather footbeds and linings are also recommended as they will absorb excess moisture to keep your feet cool and comfortable.

Womens Fly London SalvFly London Salv Chelsea Boots for Smelly Feet


  • Full Leather Upper
  • Easy Slip On Fit
  • Available in 10 colours


Mens Rieker Roused

Rieker Men's Black Leather Chelsea Boots for Smelly Feet


  • Full Leather Upper
  • Padded Footbed
  • Soft Lining



4. CLOSED TOE SANDALS for smelly feet

Women’s closed-toe sandals are always a popular style choice for the summer season. These are great for hiding your toes while still giving you a summery feel and cooler feet due to great airflow. Great brands for closed-toe sandals or espadrilles include Women’s Toni Pons and Women’s Earth Spirit Sandals. They make gorgeous summery styles in a variety of colours and silhouettes from canvas to suede leather uppers.

Toni Pons Nuria

Toni Pons Nuria Women's Closed Toe Sandals


  • Suede Upper
  • Easy Slip On Fit
  • Available in 5 colours
  • Summery Style


Rieker Vallzeb

Rieker Vallzeb Women's Closed Toe Sandals


  • Leather and Man-made Upper
  • Padded Footbed
  • Flexible Stitch Construction
  • Open style for increased airflow


5. PumpS for sweaty feet

Combining smart and casual, a pair of pumps are a great option for those who want a versatile style. A pair of leather pumps with perforations in the summer will allow for greater airflow.

Gabor Ruffle

Gabor Ruffle White Leather Pumps for Sweaty Feet


  • Leather Upper
  • Easy Slip On Fit
  • Leather Footbed
  • Available in 6 colours
  • Perforations for increased airflow


Hotter RObyn

Hotter Robyn Women's Pumps for Smelly Feet


  • Leather Upper
  • Leather Lining
  • Removable Insole
  • Hotter Standard Fit


Smelly feet are a common problem all year round and are medically recognised as bromodosis. The common causes behind this foot problem are a combination of sweaty feet and wearing the same shoes every day.

Anyone can get sweaty feet regardless of the temperature, although it does tend to be more common in teenagers and pregnant women. We recommend you check out our guide on the best shoes for pregnancy if this applies to you.

Other common causes include 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. If you are concerned about this, we recommend you speak to your GP or a qualified podiatrist.

When you wear the same shoes every day, 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. This could be bacterial growth in your shoes or simply the inner materials beginning to decompose. When it gets to this point – replacing your shoes is the only permanent cure.

Wash Feet

How Do You Get Rid of sweaty or Smelly Feet AT HOME?

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

1. WASH Your 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.  Additionally, our podiatrist-written blog on Top Tips for Summer Feet shares all of the information you need to get your feet summer season ready!

2. DRY your 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 – easy to forget when in a hurry.

3. Wear the Right SHOES

One of the most effective solutions is not wearing the same shoes two days in a row so that they have at least 24 hrs to dry out between use. At the very least try to rotate insoles (swap them out) and leave them to air out every night. Now you have a good reason to go shoe shopping!

The best shoe material for sweaty feet is leather due to its breathability and its ability to absorb excess moisture. Certain shoes, typically featuring man-made materials can make your feet smell and sweat more due to them trapping in the heat and moisture. We recommend avoiding brands such as Crocs if you suffer from sweaty feet and instead look to brands that focus and specialise in leather uppers.

4. Wear the Right 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 avoid synthetic materials and wear wool or cotton socks as these natural fibres are absorbent and help maintain cooler foot temperatures.


Suffering from sweaty feet isn’t the end of the world when it comes to choosing footwear. By understanding the importance of leather, its breathability, and what materials to avoid, you can make sure your next pair allows you to go about your day with confidence.