How to Prevent Stinky Boots. Man holding a boot and a spray bottle.

How Do I Keep My Work Boots From Smelling?

If you’re wearing your work boots pretty much all day, every day, chances are, they’re going to start to stink. These tips will help to combat the funk.

Tip #1: Do Not Wear Cotton Socks

Ditch the cotton socks, which absorb moisture, and swap them out for a pair of wool socks, like ones from Superbilt or Carhartt Wool socks are moisture wicking, which means they draw moisture and sweat from your skin and push it to the socks’ exterior for easier evaporation. If you’re not a fan of wool socks, you can always bring an extra pair of regular socks to work on hotter days to change into. Odor-producing bacteria love moist and humid conditions, so changing socks often can help reduce the build-up.

Tip #2: Leave Your Work Boots In An Open Area

When you are done working for the day, make sure to leave your boots in a well-lit and well-ventilated area. Sticking them in a dark corner in your garage is an invitation for odor. Sunlight and fresh air can kill unwanted bacteria, so it is best to leave your boots where they can get some air circulation.

Tip #3: Use Peet Shoe Dryer

Another option to consider is the Peet Shoe Dryer, which uses a safe and silent thermal convection process to dry your boots. That way you’re not just giving bacteria free-reign on those damp boots of yours.

Tip #4: Use 2Toms Stink Free Spray

Spray the inside of your boots with 2Toms Stink Free spray. You can spray them twice a day if needed, until the smell is gone. Allow the spray to dry before wearing them or re-spraying. You can do this a few times a week if needed.

Tip #5: Purchase A Second Pair Of Boots

Consider purchasing a second pair of boots. Having two pairs allows you to alternate between pairs, giving more time for each pair to ventilate and dry out. As a bonus, you could end up prolonging the life of both pairs. Super Shoes has a wide variety of work boots in different sizes and colors and for all different types of jobs. Shop Super Shoes work boots today and find another pair you love!