Yeah VFFs are funky...but sometimes not in the good way

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  • I haven't yet had any odour issues with my KSOs, even with wearing them up to 8 hours in a day. They still smell the way they did when they came out of the box, that odd rubbery smell which is neither good nor bad, just rubbery.

    That said, I have never had odour issues with my feet. So maybe it's me...

    Alan
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    I haven't yet had any odour issues with my KSOs, even with wearing them up to 8 hours in a day. They still smell the way they did when they came out of the box, that odd rubbery smell which is neither good nor bad, just rubbery.

    That said, I have never had odour issues with my feet. So maybe it's me...

    Alan


    Was it a naphthalene (mothball) sort of smell? That's what mine smelled like (somewhat, anyway).
  • I wouldn't say my VFFs smell like mothballs. I've been wearing them 3 weeks without socks for the most part and still can smell a faint rubbery/cheap public bathroom hand soap smell (the kind they use at MCDonalds). Better that then funky feet.
  • It's been a long, long time since I smelled mothballs (weren;t they banned some time ago?), so I couldn't say if that's the smell. As I said, just a not-unpleasant rubbery kind of smell, not unlike the smell of the soles of new pair of running shoes.

    Alan
  • When I wear my KSO's they tend to smell a bit, but I have noticed that when I go boating with them on, and ride on the rube for a bit, they get washed out better than when I wash in a machine, i guess the water rushing through them cleans the toe pockets out well.
  • Just washed my fuschia/grey KSOs for the first time. A little funk, but nothing horrible. I wish the washer would get the bottoms clean, but alas looks like I'll be using Oxyclean and a toothbrush to get that orginal grey bottoms. ;-)
  • Hi VFFers,

    I have just tried Mirazyme on my KSO's, Followed the instructions - NO Change - Still Smell Skanky !
    So I redid it again increased the mixture consistancy and rubbed my fingers over the spongey insole - Guess what ! Looks like still NO CHange.

    So if anyone is thinking of trying Mirazyme I would not bother until I can prove they give a positive result.

    Regards
    Robert.
  • Sorry that the mirazyme didn't work out RobbieD. I'll let you know how it works out when I try it. I have two bottles of the stuff.
  • When folks recommend OxyClean, what exactly do you mean by that?

    Here in Canada, we live in the same consumer culture as the U.S., so we, too, have OxyClean products. The only ones I'm familiar with, though, are a floor cleaner (liquid) and a bathroom cleaner (liquid spray).

    It'll soon be time to clean my KSOs, I think, so it would help if I knew what form of OxyClean people are using.

    Thanks!

    Alan
  • Hi Alan,

    I mean the OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover spray. I've used it on all black KSOs and the colour was not affected at all. I let them sit, almost soaking in it from so much spray, for half an hour then throw them in the washing machine with everything else.

    Hope that helps.
  • Oxiclean also comes in a powder form that is sold in tubs for laundry and other stain remover uses.
  • Thank you, Tina and Hawkeye. I'll be on the lookout for those!

    Alan
  • I hit upon what seems to be a useful way to help control the odor of my KSOs. If I am going to put them on after a long day of wearing boots or normal shoes, I first swipe my feet with one of those pre-moistened antibacterial towelettes.  I make sure to get in between the toes and around the nails and then let my feet dry for a couple of seconds. The process takes about a minute and seems to work well so far.
  • I use the powder oxyclean about every 2-3 times I wear my flows. They are more insulated than the others so I know my feet sweat more than they would in a KSO or classic..

    1. I make a oxyclean, Hot water solution I can soak them in.
    2. I take some oxyclean and put in my Vff's, Scrub with my fingers.
    3. Scrub on the out side with my fingers...(make sure you get in between the toes)
    4. I let them soak in the oxysolution for a few min....
    5. Rinse

    I throw mine on the fan to dry...... I CAN'T go with out my VFF's, so they have to dry FAST

    ~*Poof*~ Smelly Vff's *GONE*

    Now your fresh and clean and ready to be (almost) bare.......
  • Is oxyclean availiable in the UK? I haven't noticed it in shops.
  • Dr. Scholl's Odor Destroyers Foot & Sneaker Spray Powder is no match for spending a day running around and breaking a sweat in my VFFs. What's odd to me though is that my Classics always seem funkier than my KSOs, but I am much more active in my KSOs.
  • I too have never had any foot odor problems prior to VFF. I bought Injinji socks today, but I feel like a sell-out. It's kind of spoiling the whole "barefoot" feel for me.
    I'll just wash both VFF and feet as often as possible, but I think what none of us are discussing here, is the possibility that in the middle of the night, while we sleep, reps from Nike and Adidas, and all the major shoe companies, are spraying our VFF with an odorous solution. And, of course, it makes sense that they have not been able to penetrate the lair of Justin Owings, after all, he is the birthdayshoe compound Lord.
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    I too have never had any foot odor problems prior to VFF. I bought Injinji socks today, but I feel like a sell-out. It's kind of spoiling the whole "barefoot" feel for me.
    I'll just wash both VFF and feet as often as possible, but I think what none of us are discussing here, is the possibility that in the middle of the night, while we sleep, reps from Nike and Adidas, and all the major shoe companies, are spraying our VFF with an odorous solution. And, of course, it makes sense that they have not been able to penetrate the lair of Justin Owings, after all, he is the birthdayshoe compound Lord.


    ~*Funny Funny Man*~ LOL XD
  • Registered just for this thread.

    I've done the diluted vinegar trick and it was a short term solution. The users who mentioned material staying in the shoe was dead accurate. That needs to be scrubbed out. A finger will work, an old tooth brush will work. Get that out. Get in the toes, too.

    My favorite solution as of right now is simplegreen pro3 with fungicide. I got it at home depot. It's heavy duty stuff so be sure to dilute per the directions. Shoes smell good, odor stays gone MUCH longer. I soak for only about an hour or so and then sun dry/air dry.
  • I'm glad you took the time to sign up, that sounds like a great suggestion. Next time I'm due to clean mine I'll do it that way. Apparently the force is strong with my feet.
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    Registered just for this thread.

    I've done the diluted vinegar trick and it was a short term solution. The users who mentioned material staying in the shoe was dead accurate. That needs to be scrubbed out. A finger will work, an old tooth brush will work. Get that out. Get in the toes, too.

    My favorite solution as of right now is simplegreen pro3 with fungicide. I got it at home depot. It's heavy duty stuff so be sure to dilute per the directions. Shoes smell good, odor stays gone MUCH longer. I soak for only about an hour or so and then sun dry/air dry.


    ~*Ill Be Getting Some tomorrow*~
  • Thanks.
    Yeah, I'd be interested to see how others fared with it. I've always liked Simple Green products and I hope there's no side effects to using this heavier duty stuff. Give us an update Ableobject ASAP! :D
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    Thanks.
    Yeah, I'd be interested to see how others fared with it. I've always liked Simple Green products and I hope there's no side effects to using this heavier duty stuff. Give us an update Ableobject ASAP! :D



    ~*Will Do*~
  • A couple of days ago, I washed my KSOs (for the first time since buying them about a month ago), using Oxy-Pro (an Oxy Clean knockoff) and SportsWash. Worked just fine - but then, odour hasn't been an issue at all so far, even with running in them every morning and wearing them to work most days.

    Alan
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    Registered just for this thread.

    I've done the diluted vinegar trick and it was a short term solution. The users who mentioned material staying in the shoe was dead accurate. That needs to be scrubbed out. A finger will work, an old tooth brush will work. Get that out. Get in the toes, too.

    My favorite solution as of right now is simplegreen pro3 with fungicide. I got it at home depot. It's heavy duty stuff so be sure to dilute per the directions. Shoes smell good, odor stays gone MUCH longer. I soak for only about an hour or so and then sun dry/air dry.


    So i decided not to go with the Simple green... it seemed to be to "Industrial" for my VFF's so I deciede to go with a similar product that offers Fungicide, deodorizer, and other things... Odoban I have used this product before and it works amazingly.... Im surprised that it has slipped my mind. It also works well with pet odors  and supposedly Kills HIV... Very good product, Not to harsh, and Smells Awesome
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