Shoe Science: Deodorize!

So... we endorse and love wearing many of your favorite Cushe shoes sans-sock - especially the Slipper. A lot of people are tossing them on after a bike ride, to run a quick errand, or to venture out to the beach. Some serious no-sock sitch's. Heavy usage like this comes with a potential price though: shoes that smell like you haven't been wearing socks.

Thankfully though, there are solutions. Double thankfully, there is also the internet, so finding these solutions was pretty easy. Which left plenty of time to watch cat gifs and the Robocop trailer.  

The first trick that sounded interesting, and maybe plausible because it involved science, was freezing. The process is super simple:

1. Place your shoes in a freezer bag. Be sure to allow for extra time and swearing if you have small freezer bags / shoes larger than a men's size 8. If you have a size 11 or above shoe, you should probably warn the neighbors. We went with the crisscross method. Mostly because it was the only way these shoes were going to fit in the bag.

2. Place the bagged shoes in the freezer. It's best if you offer no warning or explanation to anyone living in your house as to why there are shoes in the freezer. In fact, label the bag "Fresh Fish" or "2013 Blueberries". 

3. Pour yourself a drink, because you just crammed shoes in a bag and stuck 'em in the freezer. Then leave the shoes in the freezer overnight. Science says that the freezing temperatures kill the bacteria that cause odor. 

4. Wake up and eat a healthy breakfast (optional, but recommended), remove the shoes from the freezer, take them out of the bag, and let them thaw naturally. We don't have a picture of this part because honestly, it didn't look as cool as we were hoping - frozen in blocks of ice, cartoon style. 

So far, so good with this method. It didn't really seem to kill off the smell entirely, but it did bring it down to an acceptable level. There are a lot of shoes hanging around the office, so we'll probably run a few more methods to see if we can get some better results, but if you have any secrets to battling shoe odor that would terrify and shock your mother, share 'em over on our Facebook page!

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