For ski touring boots, it is key to never leave them in the car. I take out the liners immediately and then as before put them in a warm place. But the same is true here: not on the heater ... Too much high heat damages the materials.
If the running shoes or ski touring boots are dry, I also use the little packs from the company SmellWell. You just stick these in your footwear and they absorb the moisture and leave a nice smell.
Alkaline foot soaks are another tip. Not for your footwear but for your feet. The body loves to store toxins in the feet. Those are then responsible for overly acidic sweat and thus a more intense odor. An alkaline foot soak just once a month works wonders. If the odor is more intense, then you should do a foot soak more often. Doesn’t hurt at all and is in fact quite relaxing after a long trail run or tough ski tour.
In sum, according to our experts, the following points are essential to ensure your trail shoes or ski touring boots don’t get terribly stinky.
• Allow running and ski touring footwear to dry well after every use.
• Avoid direct heat such as heating elements or direct sunlight.
• Take advantage of fresh air which works wonders for stinky shoes.
• Without fail, remove footbeds and liners for drying.
• Now and then, wash your footwear either by hand or using a gentle machine cycle.
• Avoid chemical agents. SmellWell is natural and works well.
• Consider alkaline foot soaks as a prophylaxis for odor.
• Wear fresh socks since they protect against blisters and reduce shoe odor.