What's that smell?!
I'm walking around the house this morning taking stock of what needs to be done. I pass the entryway/stairway area and a horrible, foul stench like rotting food stops me in my tracks. I back up, sniff around, walk past the entryway again, and am nearly bowled over. But I have just cleaned the floors and rug so I know there is nothing there to cause such a stench. The only thing on the rug is a pair of mesh summer sneakers owned by, yes, a preteen boy. Potential source of smell identified. I foolishly lean in close to verify and nearly lose my breakfast.
My son has definite foot odor issues. He refuses to wear socks because "none of the boys in fifth grade wear socks." I sent him in to school all year with socks on, and he would come home without them. At the end of the year he brought home about 30 pairs that he had stuffed in his locker. The woman who runs the home daycare he goes to afterschool would not allow him to remove his sneakers in her house because the smell was so bad! After 6 months of use, his Heely's were so bad I eventually took them outside and doused the inside with straight Simple Green, then ran the garden hose through them for about 15 minutes each and let them dry on the fence posts in the sun. They were only slightly better.
So my summer solution was to buy these Lands End mesh, very breathable, waterproof summer sneakers. I have a pair as well and I have never owned such well-ventilated shoes. They are made of nylon mesh with no padding or anything on the sides/top to get in the way of breathability. Problem solved, I though smugly. Well, guess again. Even ventilation and the occasional dousing with water from a rout in the sprinkler has not solved this problem.
So, all you experienced mothers of growing boys, what to do (short of installing "foot bath" outside back door and insisting the shoes stay in the garage)?