So when we talk about dancer stink, we can’t forget the elephant in the room – shoes.


If you haven’t experienced that stomach churn of leather dance shoes in a dance bag open in your car, you might be missing out on some of life’s fun times.


There is no way to completely get rid of this problem, but here are some ideas or tips that may help:

  • Wear socks or tights with your shoes. I know it’s not cool, but it is less stinky.
  • Clean feet/socks put in the shoes
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the shoes, or fill a knee high sock, tie it and stuff it in the shoes. One of those containers for baking soda in the frig for the dance bag is good too
  • Remember the vodka combo? Use it on your feet before and after you dance, it will help canvas ballet shoes, not the leather shoes.  You may wash canvas ballet shoes, I, however, do not think it is good for the shoe’s life expectancy to do that and those pink ballet shoes are never quite the same color
  • Dryer sheets or sneaker balls in each shoe
  • Spray powder on your feet
  • Foot powders or shoe sprays may help some people; for natural lovers, tea tree oil (I like Hollywood Beauty Brand) has antibacterial properties. You can put some in combination with vinegar, rubbing alcohol or even vodka and spray in the shoe
  • Combine 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 5 drops of tea tree oil (Hollywood Beauty Brand –some tea tree oil is quite pungent itself) until thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle this liberally into your shoes after wearing and allow it sit overnight. The powders are both powerful damp- and odor-absorbents, and the tea tree oil’s antiseptic properties will kill odor-causing bacteria. Dump the powder out before wearing
  • Keep tea bags in the shoes (needless to say you wouldn’t want to use them after that!)
  • Stuffing shoes with newspapers to help absorb moisture
  • Now this does work for some people: sprinkle shoe liberally with baking soda (I like to add in dried lavender), place in a ziplock baggie and freeze overnight
  • Some individuals are born with the unfortunate fact that their feet produce more bacteria, which translate to more stink, I recommend washing with antibacterial hand soap in that case

I hope you find these tips useful. You’re now equipped to handle almost every costume conundrum.520