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    How do you clean your shoes?

    I usually spray off my shoes and let them air dry. Lately my shoes seems like they need to be disinfected. I have been thinking of soaking them in a bucket of dawn (antibacterial) and hot water then putting them in my dryer (shoe rack). I think my shoes may be giving me athletes foot.
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    I let them dry if there was any mud then take a scrub brush to them.

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    UV is great for sanitizing, wash them and let the shoes bake in the sun for an afternoon.

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    Buy new shoes. Problem solved!
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    Remove the insoles and scrub the shoes clean and sun dry. Throw the insoles in the washing machine once and a while, sun dry. Lysol after use can help as can removing the insoles and drying in the sun after use.

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    Insoles go i the washing machine.

    Mega dirt gets brushed off the shoes and a really damp sponge gets the rest. Wipe dry.

    Every once in a while the shoes just get soaked in a bucket of water with a light dose ofSimple Greens. Fully rinsed. Newspaper inside and dry out of the sun.

    I actually restain worn sections of black and polish on occasion. Couldn't hurt.
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    Don't do much in the way of cleaning my shoes.

    If they happen to get really muddy, I usually just wait for them to dry, then knock the chunks off.

    If they do get wet, I let them dry in the sun if possible.
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    Clean your shoes...? What's next, a picnic basket for your water bottles and nutrition bars? An umbrella?
    Knock them together hard enough for the dried mud to fly off.

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    My shoes seem to not last long enough to get that funky... I do change the insoles every so often, but the soles and uppers tend to get trashed in the rocks here so quick, it is not a problem! Haven't seen any mud for a few years now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by borabora View Post
    What's next, a picnic basket for your water bottles and nutrition bars?
    Isn't that a Camelback?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    I usually spray off my shoes and let them air dry. Lately my shoes seems like they need to be disinfected. I have been thinking of soaking them in a bucket of dawn (antibacterial) and hot water then putting them in my dryer (shoe rack). I think my shoes may be giving me athletes foot.
    With any wet stuff, blow a fan on it to dry (gloves, helmet, shoes, camelbak) and they will take much longer to smell

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    I have been pretty lax on drying the shoes. I have been just letting them dry in the garage. Not a good place as it is dark and hot/humid. Good place for bacteria to grow
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    Quote Originally Posted by borabora View Post
    Clean your shoes...? What's next, a picnic basket for your water bottles and nutrition bars? An umbrella?
    Knock them together hard enough for the dried mud to fly off.


    Clean shoes not only keep your feet healthier, they last longer.

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    Ride in the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Clean shoes not only keep your feet healthier, they last longer.
    Sure, turns out the washing machine is no good for my climbing shoes. I could hand-wash them, but putting Dr Scholls foot powder does a real nice job of absorbing any moisture/funkieness and keeps them from smelling like crap, which became a problem soon after using them. Not like I was going to wash them every day either. Eventually they started giving up because I was climbing so much and the rubber on the toe-box started to wear off.

    I think of mtb shoes similar. Knock off the dirt, put some powder in there if you need to absorb funkieness. Otherwise, they will run just fine. Spray em with water if you want, but you'll need to do something to absorb the water too.
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    Try cedar shoe trees; I only take them out of my shoes when I'm wearing them. Seems to work pretty well.

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    Preserves and cleans. Great on that synthetic leather.

    My Sidi shoes look new.

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    It rarely is rainy or muddy here in the riding season. I do absolutely nothing to my 4 year old shoes; just keep them in my car. No odors whatsoever.

    And this from a guy who gets stinkfoot whenever he wears Teva's on a hot day, or when wearing polyester socks.

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    How do you clean your shoes?

    New shoes, and then rotate.
    If you're riding enough that your shoes aren't drying out between rides, then a second pair of shoes is in order. Two pairs of shoes rotated and always worn dry will last longer than two consecutive pairs of shoes.
    I also find that good wool socks- Darn Toughs especially- help keep the funk out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borabora View Post
    Clean your shoes...? What's next, a picnic basket for your water bottles and nutrition bars? An umbrella?
    Knock them together hard enough for the dried mud to fly off.
    This ^^^ and if needed due to stink, pull the insoles
    out periodically and hand wash with soap and
    water. Let them dry in the sun spray with lysol and reinstall, Ride On!
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    Spray the insides with anti-fungal spray, make sure you let them dry properly between rides.

    I've just had a small bout of athletes foot. Clean all your socks on high heat setting (at least 60c) and soak your feet in apple cider vinegar. Athletes foot can be a major pain for a lot of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reign2Rider View Post
    Spray the insides with anti-fungal spray, make sure you let them dry properly between rides.

    I've just had a small bout of athletes foot. Clean all your socks on high heat setting (at least 60c) and soak your feet in apple cider vinegar. Athletes foot
    can be a major pain for a lot of people.
    You forgot step 3 and 4.
    3) Rinse & repeat
    4) Drink the,apple cider vinegar
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    Hose, and sun. Complete.
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    I’m thinking of dunking mine in a mixture of vinegar and vodka. Dunno what’s up lately, but they stink to high heaven, to the point that my socks are picking up the seemingly unwashable stink even after my shoes have undergone several proper washings off with laundry detergent and a high-pressure garden hose… and my wife has been washing all my clothes together, so here I am, going nuts wondering WTF the intense stink my body is emitting—no, wait—it originated from my socks, transferred to my underwear and shirts in a few of the last loads she washed. Just f—ing great. I now wash my riding socks by hand.
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