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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
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Posted:I got these marvellous N*rth Face trekking/ hiking boots.. bought them for cheap and they are - as they should be - waterproof...

May be a good idea in cold climate, but they got wet from the inside! eek After a long last day in KPN I took them off - half of the plane got offended and started to spray citronella, called the flight attendant to vaporate Eau de Cologne somewhere close to my seat or held on to their noses... shrug what to do?

I was happy not to have ended up like spank or footinmouth (imagine)

I really ubblove those boots and they're not older than 6 months frown would hate to loose them... any helpful input? [sic] Thanks for reading and .... the rescue (?)


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animatEd
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Location: Bristol UK
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Posted:what does [sic] mean? you use it on many posts, and you're the only one I've seen use it.

I'd suggest cleaning the inside of your boots.

Or not taking them off.

Or buying new ones.


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UCOF
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Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
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Posted:"what does [sic] mean?" - Good question. Ive seen it a bit elsewher though. What does it mean anyway? confused


TomO'thefire: You want to get those little smelly ball things that you pop in shoes to stop them smelling of sweat.

I remember, one of the cabin crew let me use his aftershave on the plane from Australia as I reckoned I stank ubblol


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jo_rhymes
jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops
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Posted:yeah and you can get insoles that take away stink too.

or just buy some dettol Neutra air. takes away all the stink smile


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UCOF
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Posted:Scholl is the answer!

smile


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Location: Maghull, Liverpool
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Posted:i sooo thought this thread was gonna be about smelly star trek fans! damn that was a let down!

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misscorinthian
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old hand
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Member Since: 27th Sep 2005
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Posted:I know [sic] to mean "said in context" but I understand it also means "thus" or "so".

No ideas on the boots tho, sorry!


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faith enfire
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wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:you can't toss them in the washer and dryer...

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Mr_Joe
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Posted:[sic] is generally used when quoting an incorrect text.

So if someone wrote "Their grrrrreat!" and you needed to quote it for whatever reason in a text of your own, you'd probably write "Their [sic] grrrrreat!" to indicate that the grammatical error was theirs and not yours, thereby absolving yourself of any unsightly grammatical wrongdoing smile

I've no idea how Tom intended it in the above post, however...


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Cody
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That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:Get the charcoal insoles and also try rolling up newspaper and sticking it on your shoes to wick away the moisture. Sometimes certain socks will make your feet stink. Try thicker socks and try cotton instead of synthetic. smile

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FireTom
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Posted:ubblol that was sooooooooooo much helpful input wow Thanks for that - excuse the trekkie-bait... I would love to know your first thought on the headline ubblol

You guys made me just aware of a habit and investigate what it really means:

 Written by: wiki

[sic] is a Latin word meaning "thus", "so", or "just as that".
The word sic is sometimes erroneously thought to be an acronym from any of a vast number of phrases such as "same in copy", "spelled incorrectly", "said in context", or "sans intent comique" (French: without comic intent). These "backronyms" are all false etymologies.



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I used it intuitively - very often so - and just mocked around with it... sometimes I even used it as a short version of [sigh] ubblol You're a great bunch hug

Smelling shoes are a bugger (esp. on airline travel) except for once: I went from Rio to New York, was really hungover and dodgy - when this guy sat in my seat (next to a pretty Carioca) claiming her to be a friend and asking me to trade my seat for his business class one umm Tell you what: after all those condescending and bewildered looks from my neighbors, I never enjoyed taking of those stinkers more, burping and farting all the way to JFK while ordering champagne redface

Okay, today I will start to "cure" my boots - I'll keep you posted


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Skulduggery
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Location: Wales
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Posted:Get hold of some Alum [aluminium potassium sulphate] powder... (usually found in pharmacies) and sprinkle it in your boots. It gets rid of the smell and helps stop your feet from sweating in the future.

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Stout
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Location: Canada
Member Since: 12th May 2004
Total posts: 1872
Posted:Tom, you're still in Thailand right? if so it shouldn't be difficult to get a hold of some rubbing alcohol and something to spray it inside your boots with. That'll kill anything living in there ( except scorpions ) and if you can get your hands on dome Febreeze, then your smelly boot problems are over for ever.

Thanks for clearing up the sic thing.


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Dentrassi
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Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
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Posted:err you do wear socks dont you? possibly changing & washing your socks more frequently may help stop "odour de Firetom pour homme" acculumating in your shoes?

apart from that theres loads of shoes deodourisers on the market. happy trekking!


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Durbs
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England
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Posted:Leave incence sticks in your shoes when you're not wearing them? smile

You can wash shoes, even as far as putting them in the washing machines - though not sure about hiking boots...


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UCOF
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Posted:You can stick hiking boots in the washig machine. Totally fine.

Just dont put them in on their own otherwise as they pin round, they will dent your drum, and utterly screw your washing machine up.

Its best to pt them in with some cushions, or something similar to stop them banging around.

ubbrollsmile


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FireTom
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Posted:Oh yes, I DO wear socks... some ppl laugh about me, but I can't stand that PVC stuff against my skin... yuk! I am changing socks every day - like my mum taught me: socks and briefs, every day ubbangel good boy!

And washing machine I did try with other shoes already and it worked only VERY short time frown I guess the insulation against "eau de tOm" - so to say - got lost (some other ppl told me) and the smell came back 150% after a day...

I try to change shoes, too (have spare and let my others devaporize for at least a day) ... transpiring quite mucho as I carry a lot of heat (that where my nick partly comes from) and was told my skin has "large pores" umm

Jupp and when machine washing, I usually put them in a cotton bag, but as I said... this doesn't work...

But lots of valuable input from you guys on this one. I'll try one after the other...

Would you think that chemicals like >Alum would not just kill the living sweat out of my boots but also my feet? Kind-a worried with chems against my skin (except for sunscreen)...


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Aurinko
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Posted:The only solution I found until now is not to wear them all of the time. Giving them a break regularly & airing them work miracles! I know that's not that easy when you're travelling, especially as one usually does not want to carry gazillion pairs of shoes aroung, but well, what can one do? shrug

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FireTom
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Posted:umm get a shoe mule... ??? wink

*changes voice* how does Liz Taylor travel, btw? *wiggles eyebrows* eeks - 2 am!!!! *and goes to sleep*


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Aurinko
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Posted:good night wave

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faith enfire
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wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
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Posted:can you get any of the pet cleaner stuff...they are supposed to clean all organic stains, including those with nasty smelling benzene circles
or maybe a bleach alternative
charcoal, oh wait, did someone say that already?


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Cody
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That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
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Posted:What are your thoughts on oxyclean? I would try putting some of that and maybee some baking soda in there each day. Oxidizers may keep the bugs away.

In medicine there is a chem called chlorhexadine Glutonate and a product called a Biopatch. The biopatch has the chem dried inside the foam and goes around central lines like a gasket. The moisture from the body reconstitutes the chem over a week and acts as a time release killing bugs in a circle around the patch. It's safe for the skin and keeps septicemia away. Maybee you can get some of that or maybee the oxyclean will work the same way.


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Firetramp
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Location: Binstead, Isle of Wight
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Posted:Tea tree oil is also nice in shoes.

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faith enfire
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wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
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Posted:worked for my stinky dog, why not shoes

Faith
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Aurinko
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Posted:Once I accidentally spilled tea tree oil over my passport. The people at customs weren't too enthousiastic about it ubblol

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Charles
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Posted:Plain old baking soda...

1/2 a teaspoon in each shoe for the first pair you wear for 6 days...

It REALLY works. Kills most of the nasty bugs that make the smell in the first place. Can take anywhere from 2-6 months for them to get back in your shoes at the number needed to start smelling again...

Try it please... so simple... but make sure there is no broken skin on your feet first...


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faith enfire
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wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
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Posted:dryer sheets, and your feet will smell spring fresh too bounce

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PyroWill
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Posted:I had the exact same problem with my fav walking boots, they really stank, i'd suggest taking out the insolesand getting some new ones but let them air for a day or so before putting them in, that'll help

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Saan
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Posted:Okay, so I don't know anything about shoes, but my dad takes care of about every trekking shoe in the family, and his are nearly five years old and still look almost new, so I asked what he would do.

First advice was not getting them wet in the first place.

Second advice: let them dry completely, wash them out with ordinary water and soap, let them dry again. We usually let out shoes dry out under the car port, beyond the line where the rain can get to them.

If this doesn't help, I presume that means you'll have to go to the nearest outdoor shop in tears, explain what happened and ask them what to do. Try looking for a shop that organises stuff like survival weeks, nordic walking classes, etc., since they usually have had similar problems that needed solving as quickly as possible. (I'd recommend a few shops, but perhaps a transatlantic flight is a bit far to go for shoes) If you need new shoes, Iowa is a brand that's survived the longest with me, and I can get pretty destructive when it comes to footwear.


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Icarus
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Posted:Dito with charles smile

... simplify ...

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