Originating as a boating brand, the Sperrys Top-Sider has grown in popularity an upscale casual footwear. Often worn as a sock-less loafer, unpleasant odors often develop within the shoes as a result of sweat and skin particle build up.
Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to remove odor from Sperrys to return them to normal. By following the below tips, you can wipe out the odor and have them smelling fresh again.
Smell Removal Solutions
1 Sun + Outside
Placing Sperrys outdoors within the sun will do much to lower the potency of odors. The ultraviolet rays, fresh air and open space all work in lifting off foot related odors from the loafers. For increased effect place the shoes within an area that receives several hours of sunlight throughout the day. While this may not be a complete solution, it will work well in combination with some of the below solutions.
2 Rotate Them
Wearing Sperrys too often deprives the shoes of the opportunity to air out. When worn continuously without socks, it perpetuates a stinky bacteria rich environment. Consider buying another pair or wearing other shoes to avoid using them two consecutive days in a row.
3 Freeze Them
Freezing the Sperrys will kill the odors producing bacteria that lives within the shoes. Place the Sperrys within an enclosed ziplock bag and place within the freezer. After 24-48 hours, remove the shoes from the freezer to and place them outside within the sun to thaw out and air dry.
4 Baking Soda
This household substance is highly effective at absorbing unwelcome odors. At the end of the day, measure a half cup of baking soda and pour within each shoe. Place Sperrys within large enclosed paper bag and lightly shuffle bag from side to side. Allow shoes to sit for the night while the baking soda absorbs foul odor.
5 White Vinegar + Wadded Paper Towels
The natural acid within white vinegar goes to work in striping odors out of Sperrys. Fill a small bowl with vinegar, and dip in wadded up paper towels to moisten them. Place cram wet vinegar paper towels into the interior of the Sperrys and allow for the shoes to sit overnight. In the morning, remove the paper towels and place the shoes outside to air dry.
6 Rubbing Alcohol + Wadded Paper Towels
The compound in alcohol works to quickly neutralize organic odors. Similar to the suggestion with white vinegar, dampen several paper towels with rubbing alcohol and stuff them within the Sperry Top-Siders. Allow the alcohol to work it’s magic over night, before returning in the morning to remove the paper towels from the ends of the shoes. Finally, provide 30-60 minutes for the alcohol to fully evaporate and dry from the interior of the shoes.
7 Cat Litter
This substance can work wonders doubling as a shoe deodorant. Measure a half cup of cat liter and pour within each shoe. Shuffle shoes to allow for the cat litter to cover the entire bottom surface area of the shoe, and let Sperrys sit overnight. In the morning, pour cat litter out and place back within use.
8 Coffee Grounds + Coffee Filter
Coffee a subtle but effective way of absorbing odors and delivering a gentile aroma of fresh coffee grounds. Place coffee filters along the bottom on the shoes and pour a half cup of coffee grounds along the bottom of each of the Sperry Top-Siders. Place shoes withing a large enclosed paper bag and allow for the shoes to sit for 48 hours. After two days have passed, pour the coffee grounds and filters out and place shoes back into use.