Cleaning Smelly Sandals

I purchased some sandals from JCPenney a few months ago. The brand is Yuu and it says they are made from "man made materials". After wearing them quite a bit they have become smelly and there is a dark imprint of my feet on them. How do I get rid of both the smell and the footprints?


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May 12, 20150 found this helpful
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This is a sour smell? It's bacteria. The heat and moisture grow bacteria in sandals, and "man-made materials" are the worst culprits.

Some people recommend a solution of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle, then let dry completely.

Your feet will pick up the bacteria, so you will need to soak your feet as well, in a solution of water and apple cider vinegar.

Personally, I'd stop wearing the shoes and get real leather ones. It's doubtful you'll be able to permanently disinfect them.

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May 24, 20150 found this helpful
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I do not buy leather or any other animal by-product shoes, etc. Many man-made material shoes can be washed in the washing machine on delicate, and then air-dried.


As an alternative, I have had much luck wiping the foot bed with rubbing alcohol and then let dry.

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful

I bought two pairs of these guys sandals from penny's about a month ago and they are both smelly. One pair got wet at the beach but the other pair was never wet

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