Smelly Shoes

Let us guide you through some tips and advice on the best shoes for sweaty and smelly feet. We are independent experts on footwear and are often asked by our customers about suitable footwear for common foot problems like this. We will guide you through appropriate materials and the reasons behind why your feet might be smelly or sweaty.

Why Do My Feet Smell?

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

Anyone can get sweaty feet regardless of the temperature, 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. We recommend you out our guide on the best shoes for pregnancy if this applies to you.

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. 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 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. This could either be bacterial growth in your shoes or simply the inner materials beginning to decompose, or both. 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. We recommend you read our Podiatrist-written blog on Top Tips for Summer Feet to find out how 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 – many forget when in a hurry.

3. Wear the Right SHOES

One of the most important factors 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 every night. Now you have a good reason to go shoe shopping!

The number one rule when it comes to choosing the right footwear is ensuring your shoes are made from breathable materials such as canvas and leather. We advise you to avoid footwear made with man-made materials, as this will trap in the heat and moisture making your feet sweat even more.

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 wear wool or cotton socks and avoid synthetic materials, these natural fibres are absorbent and help maintain cooler foot temperatures.

Recommended Shoes for Smelly and sweaty Feet

1. best trainers for smelly feet

A pair of trainers are an essential item as they can be worn to work, for a BBQ with friends or for everyday errands. No matter the occasion you wouldn’t want smelly feet. Our range of women’s Skechers are made from mesh fabric uppers which are airy and help to keep your feet cool. Alternatively, why not take a look at Gabor trainers which have leather uppers making them breathable and will absorb excess moisture. We advise you to avoid wearing cupsole trainers and rubber bumpers, as there is no airflow or ventilation allowed.

Clarks Un Maui Band Black Trainers for Sweaty Smelly FeetIMAC Ellen Leather Shoes for Sweaty Smelly Feet


2. best COMFORT Lacing SHOES for sweaty feet

Everyone needs a pair of comfortable casual shoes to run about it on the weekends or on holiday. While keeping busy you want to be sure that your footwear has been manufactured using breathable materials. A pair of Legero shoes is our top choice in this category as the uppers, lining and sock are all made from leather.

Ara Osaka Sport Gore Tex Lacing Shoes for Sweaty FeetLegero Tanaro Zip Leather Lacing Shoes for Smelly FeetIMAC Alfalace Wine Lacing Shoes for Sweaty Smelly Feet


3. Best BOOTS for sweaty feet

When it comes to ankle boots that are breathable, a pair of women’s GORE-TEX should be your number one choice. We can also recommend Remonte boots which feature their own “TEX” technology and breathable leather uppers. Leather uppers with TEX membranes help to keep your feet dry while still allowing your feet to breathe, for excellent value for money. Our collection of women’s IMAC boots are made from supple Italian leather and often feature IMACtex which is 100% waterproof and breathable.

Bugatti Ronja Zip Tan Leather Boots for Sweaty Smelly FeetFly London Sono Chelsea Boots Shoes for Sweaty Smelly FeetLegero Monta Lace Gore Tex Boots for Sweaty Smelly Feet

4. CLOSED TOE SANDALS for smelly feet

The last thing anyone wants is to go to the beach and be too afraid to take off their sandals in case their feet smell. Closed-toe sandals are a popular style choice for the summer season and we have a fab range of closed-toe sandals. These are great for hiding your toes while still giving you a summery feel and great airflow for cooler feet. A great brand for closed-toe sandals or espadrilles is Toni Pons. They make gorgeous summery styles in a variety of colours and silhouettes from canvas to suede leather uppers.

Remonte Fiona Vel Leather Closed Toe Sandals for Sweaty and Smelly FeetToni Pons Nuria Closed Toe Shoes for Sweaty Smelly FeetEarth Spirit Cleveland Closed Toe Sandals for Sweaty and Smelly Feet

5. PumpS for sweaty feet

Combining casual and smart, 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. We stock a wide range of ballet flats including Gabor pumps which are well-known for their use of premium materials and comfort properties. Another great brand you’ll love is Ara pumps, who create flattering silhouettes in supple leather uppers.

Gabor Sapphire Grey Suede Pumps  Relaxshoe Pink Pumps for Sweaty and Smelly Feet IMAC Black Leather Shoes for Sweaty and Smelly Feet