3 Easy ways to keep your boat shoes from smelling

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Here’s How to avoid boat shoes smell

Before we tell you how you can easily avoid your boat shoes from stinking, lets discuss few popular solutions that don’t work. Here are couple of myths about killing this stinking smell:

Do not freeze your shoesX Freezing your shoes: Believe it or not, freezing your boat shoes is a temporary solution. Many people freeze their shoes overnight to get rid of the smell, but it always comes back. Its widely believed that freezing kills the bacteria that causes the smell. It may be true, but there is no scientific evidence for it. If it does kill the bacteria, why does the smell come back again? 

Deodorizing your feet wont helpX Deodorizing your feet: Some people like to spray deodorant on their feet before they wear the shoes. This does not help either. In fact, the deodorant smell can mix with the actual stink and cause even more disgusting smell. Deodorants do not kill the root cause of the smell.

If the above things don’t work, what will? The solutions lies in getting rid of the root cause. The stinking smell in the boat shoes is caused by the sweat produced by your feet. The warm condition created within the shoe helps multiplication of the bacteria.

There are 3 solutions to fix the root cause of this problem:

Odor-X Odor Fighting Insoles by Dr. Scholl’s1. Non leather insoles:

Wear non-leather insoles that can be washed and replaced. Buy multiple of these so that you have spare ones. The washable Pure Cotton Terry Barefoot Insoles by Pedag work the best with boat shoes of many different types. Pedifix and few other companies also produce such insoles, but the Pedag are probably the best and most popular among the boat shoe wearers.

Another alternative to the terry cotton insoles are the Odor-X Odor Fighting Insoles by Dr. Scholl’s. You can get a pack of 4 insoles for less than 20 bucks. These insoles are easier to wash and can be low maintenance compared to the terry cotton ones.

Sheec Boat Shoe Socks2. Boat shoe Socks:

Wearing good boat shoe socks will ensure that the sweat is produced by your feet is absorbed by the socks and does not reach the shoe leather. This will prevent any bacteria from developing and will keep your boat shoes odor free.

In one of our posts, we discussed comprehensively about how to select the best boat shoe socks. Click here to go through that post.

Gold bond foot powder3. Foot powder:

If you generally sweat a lot, you may want to use a good foot powder like Gold bond foot powder. Pour some powder on your feet and in your socks. This will help absorb the excessive sweat and prevent infections in your feet. This is a must for people with sweaty and irritated skin.

So, those are 3 sure shot solutions to get rid of that unpleasant stench from your boat shoes.

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How to select the best boat shoe socks

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Many buyers ask what the best boat shoe socks are. There are quite a few brands that you could buy, but before we can provide you with our suggestions, we would like to point out certain things you should keep in mind while buying socks for your boat shoes. Read on to find out: Boat Shoe Socks


  1. Socks should not slip: Traction is crucial when it comes to boat shoe socks, especially if you are going to wear your shoes around water. Make sure that the socks do not slip after you wear your shoes. Most cheaply made socks will slip and won’t be comfortable and won’t serve the purpose.
  1. Lightweight: The socks cannot be too heavy. You want to feel as if you aren’t wearing any.
  1. Hidden: The socks should not protrude too much out of the shoe. This kills the whole point of actually buying any special boat shoe socks. The classiest socks will never show out of your boat shoes.
  1. Grip outside of the shoe: The socks should not only grip your feet inside the shoe, but also when you walk without shoes, with your socks on. Believe it or not, it helps in certain situations.
  1. Testing: If you can try testing socks, there is nothing like it. Ensure that the socks don’t slide off your heal. You will experience this issue with most cheap socks
  1. Should work with other shoes: Should be comfortable with other shoes you own. While most people are happy buying boat shoe socks for the sole purpose of wearing with the boat shoes, it helps if these work well with other shoes like non boat shoe loafers. 

So, these are few things to keep in mind while buying the best boat shoe socks. Boat Shoe Socks 2

Coming to our recommendations, there is a brand called Sheec that sells some good boat shoe socks at affordable prices. These socks don’t slip and most buyers find them comfortable to wear.

Hanes and Jockey also are great options. On the other hand, even though Sperry Top-Sider sells be best boat shoes in the business, the boat shoe socks sold by them are not be most preferred. We will add some direct links to buy the best boat shoe socks, but you can easily find some on Amazon with little research.

Boat shoe socks not only ensure you have a comfortable experience with your boat shoes, but it will keep the shoes from smelling and your feet from sweating. So, they are not just for comfort or fashion, but are a requirement.

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