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We came up with our revolutionary spray for one simple reason: stinky shoes are bad news. We don’t like them. You don’t like them either. In fact, no one likes to take off their shoes and smell a skanky odor that seems to linger in the air indefinitely.

You might be curious to know that there aren’t that many things that can cause foul odors in your shoes. Better yet, most of the causes can be addressed with ShoeFresh. Give it a try. We’ll let you decide if it’s the best shoe odor eliminator out there. In the meantime, get a load of these top five causes of stinky shoes:

1. Your Skin’s Natural Bacteria

We tend to think of bacteria as always being a bad thing. It’s not. There are both good and bad bacteria. Here’s the thing: we all have bacteria living on our skin. It is part of the human immune system. Unfortunately, the same bacteria that works to keep us healthy can begin to stink if it gets into our shoes and starts to proliferate.

Your shoes are more likely to develop bad odors caused by bacteria if they do not allow your feet to breathe. Why? Because bacteria thrive in dark places with a lot of moisture and very little ventilation. That’s why work boots are more likely to stink than flip-flops.

2. Hyperhidrosis

Taking the bacteria thing to the next level is a condition known as hyperhidrosis. A person suffering from this condition sweats profusely. Unfortunately, there is no cure for it. Hyperhidrosis sufferers just have to do their best to manage their excessive perspiration.

Obviously, hyperhidrosis offers more opportunities to deposit bacteria in the shoes. The bacteria don’t care why or how they got there; they only care that the inside of your shoes is a great place to set up shop.

3. Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually occurs between the toes. However, it can grow in any part of the foot. Unfortunately, the fungus creates a foul odor emanating directly from your feet. That odor can permeate your socks and shoes as well. Fortunately, you can treat the fungus with over-the-counter medications and your stinky shoes with ShoeFresh.

4. Soaking Rains and Standing Water

Next up, your shoes can develop a foul odor after walking in a soaking rain or a body of standing water. The real culprit here are the bacteria and other organisms in the water itself.

Imagine you are caught in a torrential downpour during a day at the amusement park. Not only are your shoes soaked with rain, but they also pick up all sorts of nasties from the ground (amusement parks are not the cleanest places) as you walk. If you wait too long to dry your shoes out, they can begin to stink in short order.

5. External Contamination

Last but not least is external contamination. This could be the best one of all, in a strange sort of way, because the contamination is not inside your shoes. It is on the surface – usually on the sole. For example, maybe you walked through a park popular with dog owners. That odor you smell might be nothing more than a nice gift left by a dog in the grass, a gift you are unfortunate enough to have walked through.

Nobody likes stinky shoes. Some people choose to just leave their shoes on, even at home.  But no matter your causes of stinky shoes, the good news is that you don’t have to live with foul odors emanating from your footwear. ShoeFresh will take care of the insides. Some warm water and soap will take care of the outsides.