Stinky Ballroom Dance Shoes

How to Keep Your Dance Shoes from Stinking

Preventing the stink:
1.Wash your feet before wearing them. Make sure to get between your toes.
2.Keep your feet dry.
a.Use hand sanitizer on your feet after washing to ensure your feet dry properly.
b.You can put antiperspirant on the bottoms of your feet to reduce sweating. (May cause discoloring or leave residue on insoles of shoes.)
c.Having an extra pair of shoes and rotating the pair your wear each day can allo
w shoes to have time to completely dry, which reduces the chances of bacterial growth (which causes the stink!)
3.Store your shoes properly after use.
a.Help shoes dry as fast as possible. Use a heater or hair dryer to speed the drying process. NEVER seal wet/sweaty shoes in a shoe bag or other container.
b.Put odor reducing products in with the shoes while storing them.

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You can create sachets but cutting the foot portion off a pair of pantyhose and filling it
with kitty litter, coffee grounds/beans, or baking soda. Then tie the o
pen end and store the sachet in your shoe bag and even in your shoe. Tea bags also work!
Managing stink once it starts:
4. Use inserts that have odor reducing qualities for daily wear. These can also
take up space in a loose shoe and add extra padding.

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Example: Odor Eaters brand or activated charcoal inserts
5. Try this Stinky Shoe Spray recipe we found:
-Use a 2 oz spray bottle.
Fill 2/3 with vodka (any brand is fine, no flavors.)
Fill the rest with tea tree oil.
Shake before each use and lightly mist in shoes for odor reduction.
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7. You can OCCASIONALLY wipe down the insides with rubbing alcohol
to kill bacteria and reduce
odor. Do not do this often, as it can dry the shoes out (in a bad way) and shorten the life of the shoe.
If all else fails:
8. Seal shoes in a plastic bag, write an apology letter for the trash collector,
and order a new pair from us at showtimedanceshoes.com
*These suggestions have been collected from consumer stories and are not guaranteed by Showtime Dance Shoes.

5 Ways to Make Ballroom Shoes Last Longer

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There are a few things that can ruin a perfect pair of ballroom dance shoes. In our industry we don’t have much equipment, we actually just have two things that make us dancers: our feet and our shoes. Yes, we also have pounds of hair gel and glitter but we all know that you can have perfect hair and an amazing dress but that doesn’t make you a great dancer. Having bad shoes though… that can hinder any professional as nothing can disguise a dancer with painful blisters. Showtime Dance Shoes is committed to helping you not only find your perfect shoe but also making them last as long as possible. We have some tips on how to do so. See our blog post on how to cure Stinky Dance Shoes!

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1) Finding the right fit for practice and performances.
Some dancers have wide feet, some narrow, some have weak ankles, and others need a lower heel. All of these things matter and we have practice shoes as well as competition shoes for any foot type. Getting a good practice shoe is probably more important than the performance shoes because 1) you can keep the competition shoes in better condition and 2) you can keep your feet more comfortable for hours and hours of practice. See all practice styles here.
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2) Cleaning your suede soles with a sole brush
This is a huge recommendation for anyone with shoes that have a suede sole.¬†Make your shoes last and brush the soles! Brush the suede of your shoes after every practice session, social dance, or competition, especially if the floor isn’t clean. Without brushing your shoes, dirt will work its way into the shoe and make it wear out more quickly. This can also be hazardous because shoes get slippery when they aren’t clean. Shop Sole Brush.

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3) Shoe Disinfectant & Deodorizer
Far too often people worry about the outside of their shoes. But sometimes what is on the inside really does count, especially if the inside smells like rotten eggs. Using a simple deodorizer and disinfectant can get rid of any embarrassing order and also kill bacteria where mold will likely grow.

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4) Lincoln E-Z Suede Cleaner
We have seen people try to wash their shoes with detergent, dawn, and many other products and it results in them buying a new pair of shoes. If you use a proper suede cleaner you can bring out the dirt without worrying about staining or permanently damaging the suede.

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5) Heel Savers
Heel saver prolong the life of your heel tips. Many dancers also find they like the additional grip. We understand you have to be in your shoes in order to wear them in, but don’t destroy the heel in the process. Heel savers are the cheapest way to keep your shoes in top shape.¬†Shop Now.