I have some sandles that smell from wearing them I guess through out the years. but i really like them. Should I put them through the wash? Is there something else I can do. It says leather upper made in brazil tobie. What ever that means. It also says ARTIVA on it which I believe is the brand. Any help is appreciated.
febreeze isn't going to be tuff enough to combat the accumulated funk of the years. call the local dry-cleaners and see if they do leather cleaning and conditioning. failing that, well, if they're unpleasant to wear anyway, go right ahead and toss em in the wash. dissolve the detergent into the cold water first, then plop the shoes in. definitely sit them outside to dry rather than use the dryer. good luck!
You have to wear socks with them. You can try spraying them with one of those moisture repelent sprays to try to make them water proof or in this case sweat proof. People clapped when my wooden sandals fell off the boat and sank. (I have no idea why they did not float?.....maybe it was the weight that I was still wearing them!!! )
It's time for some serious shoe shopping.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." --- Thomas Edison
I recently purchased some wood shoe savers. They are basically to retain the shape of your shoes and sandals.
They absorb odors from shoes. They are not cheap but I have them for most of my expensive shoes and sandals and they do work.
I would suggest spraying them with Febreeze first (as Andy indicated) and then locating these cedar shoe savers (I got mine from Great Indoors) and leaving them in the shoes for a week. It may do the trick.