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    Mrs. Roman Kostomarov icedancingnut31's Avatar
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    Help! My skates smell awful!

    I have a problem with my skates, that they smell really bad. My feet sweat for some reason and when I take my skates off they are soaked with sweat. I wear mondor knee highs which are made of lycra and nylon and are designed for skating. Also they smell. What can I do about this? I have tried stinkeez which are cloth animals that smell like vanilla, cinnamon or mint that go in your boot but then my skates smell like a mixture of feet and vanilla, which is pretty gross. Any advice??

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    I use a small fan to dry my skates as soon as I get home from skating, hopefully it does not kill the life of leather. Also heard about dryer sheets, dried tea leaves, baking soda, dried orange peels, etc etc... I am really curious, too!

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    Lot's of pro shops sell some form of Skate Boot Disinfectant Spray. I find this works really well. I'm sure if you go in and tell them your story the staff will be able to give you a product or offer you some advice.

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    Do you keep them in your skating bag? When my skater was in a Riedel boot, we were advised to be sure to take them out of the bag and give them a chance to dry out. For some reason, they just tended to retain the sweat and they smelled bad no matter what I tried. When we switched to Jackson boots, we had absolutely no trouble with sweating or smelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammi View Post
    Do you keep them in your skating bag? When my skater was in a Riedel boot, we were advised to be sure to take them out of the bag and give them a chance to dry out. For some reason, they just tended to retain the sweat and they smelled bad no matter what I tried. When we switched to Jackson boots, we had absolutely no trouble with sweating or smelling.
    No. I keep my Riedel Gold Stars in a locker at my rink. I am a full time college student so I keep my skates in my locker so I don't have to drag them around to class. I used to have Jacksons and when I took them off the insides felt like I had poured water in them and they smelled worse than my skates now.

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    Wow, that's funny we had the totally opposite experience with the same exact boots. Hope you can find what works with yours.

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    the locker would keep the moisture in. Have your feet checked for athletes feet. Buy some powered footpower for smelly feet. My other half has horrible smelling shoes. Ever since he bought the powder, the foot smell has gotten A LOT better. It even seems to help prevent stinky feet (I believe its by dr.scholls)

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    If you have to keep them in a locker, make sure that they're open a far as they can so they'll dry out faster.

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    You should use powder on your feet BEFORE you skate to try and keep them as dry as possible.

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    My daughter skated in Jacksons and she had really stinky feet (even her sneakers reeked)! What we ended up doing was removing the bed liner/foot pad (just pull it out so it sticks straight up) and spray a bit of a homemade mix of:
    - 1/4 c. grain alcohol (this is usually the 150% proof stuff) in a pinch you can use rubbing alcohol (good if you are under age)
    - 10-15 drops tea tree oil (it will smell very strong)
    --mix well
    -add 1/4 c. water
    --pour into a spray bottle, pump a bit of that into your skates and onto the foot bed, and onto your feet. Tea tree oil is a natural disenfectant. If you find that it is too strong an odor for you, you can use lavender oil instead (use the essential oil only). This concoction will not ruin your skates at all. You can also spray your stockings and socks, sneakers, etc.

    Wash your feet daily, use anti-fungal spray or cream as well. Some people harbor lots of fungus and it smells more.
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    You can try simply replacing the thin insole inside each boot with an Odor Eaters (or similar) insole. Just replace them regularly. Worked for me. But I also avoid wearing nylon tights because I hate the way my feet sweat and feel slippery inside the boots. I wear thin cotton socks, which breathe much better than nylon. If I have to wear tights to compete, I wear the over-the-boot type so I can still wear short, thin cotton socks under my boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vlaurend View Post
    You can try simply replacing the thin insole inside each boot with an Odor Eaters (or similar) insole. Just replace them regularly. Worked for me. But I also avoid wearing nylon tights because I hate the way my feet sweat and feel slippery inside the boots. I wear thin cotton socks, which breathe much better than nylon. If I have to wear tights to compete, I wear the over-the-boot type so I can still wear short, thin cotton socks under my boots.
    I can't get insoles for odor. My insoles now are superfeet, a special model of them which is designed for figure skates. They were like 100$ and custom designed and fitted for my feet and I love the way they feel, so I don't want to get new ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by icedancingnut31 View Post
    I can't get insoles for odor. My insoles now are superfeet, a special model of them which is designed for figure skates. They were like 100$ and custom designed and fitted for my feet and I love the way they feel, so I don't want to get new ones
    You can wash your insoles. I wash my Jackson insoles (since I skate barefoot and they get really grungy).
    THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR NORMAL JACKSON INSOLES, you might want to ask Superfeet Store for washing instructions:
    Fill a sink with warm water (not hot) and swish some dish soap into it.
    Immerse insole. Let it get wet
    Take it out and drain the water
    Take a scrub brush and lightly scrub the insoles
    Rinse each one under running water
    Blot each one with a fluffy towel
    Place on dry towel overnight to dry. DO NOT place on a radiator, heating pad, or any other warm surface to dry they will be destroyed. DO NOT place in the sun they will be destroyed. You can do this monthly. It helps as well.

    You can also take a washcloth that has been swished in water with antibacterial soap an wrung out scrub the inside of your skates. It's not really a good "washing" job but it does get some stuff out.

    The problem with skates that are "heat-moldable" is the thin layer of plastic. It tends to keep moisture in which harbors bacteria & fungus which increases the amount of odor.

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    Jeff Buttle also complains about smelly feet

    World Champion of 2008 Jeffrey Buttle says that he has a smelly boot/feet problem too. It was talked about on Canadian tv. He laughed about it but I wonder if he did anything about it. Does he put his "smelly" skates on in front of the "Stars on Ice" fellow skaters? Or perhaps they all have smelly feet/boots too? Just being silly!

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    What about your tights?
    Do you use them again the next day (or skating session)? Having a bunch of them and washing them frequently could help too.
    May be you could wear some very thin and small cotton socks, I think it would absorb the sweat better... (like vlaurend said)

    One thing that relly helped me was... getting regular pedicures. The dead skin that inevitably accumulates on the bottom of the feet is like a bacteria all-you-can-eat buffet!

    That and regular moistursing along with some sports' foot powder solved the issue for me. And, oh yeah, let your boots dry out as much as you can before closing them in the locker.

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