Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Smelly Feet


The issue of 'smelly feet' is often raised as an argument against the Shoes-Off rule.

In Western society there seems to be a lot of paranoia about the phenomena of 'smelly feet'. I think this is simply a result of people not removing their shoes very often. Your feet will actually smell a lot less if you remove your shoes regularly. It is unfortunate that we in Britain have not yet reached the civilised heights of Finland, where it is acceptable to remove shoes in business meetings and on trains (not that people do not do so in Britain, but it is frowned upon somewhat).

Nevertheless, I think most people worry too much about this issue. People imagine their feet smell far more than they actually do. I have met very few people who let off much of an aroma after removing their shoes, and most of them were people who did not wash and change their socks regularly.

If people know in advance that they need to remove their shoes, they can make sure they wear clean socks, or even better, bring slippers with them. If they are especially worried about it, they can use some of those fancy foot deoderents.

Feet wil smell a lot less if people wear sandals. Sneakers are best avoided in favour of leather shoes.

Some people will say 'I would rather put up with a dirty floor than people's smelly feet.' Well, I guess people decide on their own priorities. However, stinking feet will leave with the guests. A dirty floor will not. Nor will the dust they brought in on their shoes, and that is very bad for your health.


Casdok said...

Sound advice.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...


richyrich said...

I think I mentioned before how a lady I work with once said that her teenege sons take off their shoes every time they come into the house and although she is really fussy about cleanliness, she said that she wish they didn't as she would rather have some mud on the carpets than the smell of their feet around the place. She doesn't seem to realise that she doesn't need either of them, it's much cheaper just to put out the air freshener than to deep clean or replace the carpets. Also if they do have a big foot odour problem she could even ask that the put on slippers or change their socks or wash their feet. That way she would still have the benefits of a shoeless environment without having to suffer bad smell around her house. Also I've noticed that as I pad around in my stockined feet for hours when i'm at home, my feet, having been "free" smell considerably less by the end than they do when I first take off my shoes upon coming home.

richyrich said...

Actually if the lady at work ever mentions the subject again in a conversation of which I'm a part, I think I may share my thoughts on the matter with her.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Good idea, but you may not get the chance. This subject seldom comes up in conversations in my experience.