Sweaty Shoes Intervention: Summer Edition

How To Prevent Sweaty ShoesJust like an empty plate is the sign of a healthy appetite, sweating is often associated with a good, healthy workout. But when you slip on a pair of shoes and they’re already wet, or it only takes leaving the house and walking around the block to start sweating, well – that sweat isn’t as rewarding.

We may not be as renown or illustrious as WebMD, but that excessive sweating could potentially be one of two things:

The incorrect shoe/sock combination: considerably simple solution that ELM Shoes can help resolve

*Hyperhidrosis: that’s going to need more than a doctor with an online degree for a hopeful prognosis

But often that elephant in the room known as sweaty, smelly shoes which inevitably leads to sweaty, smelly feet is because you are essentially wearing ill-fitting shoes. Sure they may fit physically, but they don’t fit your lifestyle.

It’s a bit taboo to discuss in person because, unless you are emotionally close to the culprit we can’t call them out, but boy do we wish they’d put their shoes back on. Although that won’t necessarily stop the odor that has already permeated the air.

Whether it’s for you or someone else, it’s time for a sweat prevention intervention.

Tip 1: Keep your feet clean and don’t slip your shoes on with wet feet.

Tip 2: Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Would you wear the same socks every day? Shirt? Give those babies a chance to air out and conform back to their intended shape.

How To Prevent Shoe Sweating

Tip 3: Wear the right socks. You may think wool socks are meant for cold winter nights but socks made with this fiber supersedes many others on the market which tend to be a cause to feet sweating.

Tip 4: Self-evaluation. If you have athlete’s foot (not just restricted to the athletic) using talcum powder or fungal spray/cream goes a long way for prevention. (Yes, eww.) These powders, sprays and creams are great for many fungi.

So now you’re probably thinking, only four tips or tricks to prevent and “hide” the problem? No sweat! Not so fast.

If your shoes already have absorbed a lot of moisture and retained the odor, you can take out the removable insoles (if your shoe features these), wash them and air dry. Again, a proactive approach to reducing moisture is alternating your shoes and most importantly investing in a pair that is less prone to absorb moisture to prevent the vicious cycle from starting again.

And that’s another area where we can offer our expertise. We’ll find your fit, your fashion favorites and the shoes and socks that best align with your sweat prevention intervention.

Until then,

-Your Missing Sock

*Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, is not only an embarrassing symptom for some but depending what kind it is can stem from more serious matters. Whether the treatment is medicine, surgery or adjusting your daily habits, the prognosis is hopeful so long as you pay attention to the warning signs.

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