These summer scorchers are way too hot for socks sometimes. But going sock-less can be a risky play, for, smelly feet can ruin your day out in the city or at a music festival, or really, anywhere anybody catches a whiff of your dank feet.

Vida, Darling/ via Tumblr
Vida, Darling/ via Tumblr

So, how to keep your feet fresh in your favorite pair of summer loafers or sneakers? (C'mon, no flops or sandals, dudes.) Feet reek due to bacteria, which thrives in humid, enclosed spaces such as the inside of your shoes, that eats dead skin cells. Unfortunately, that rancid smell is just nature at work. Besides washing and drying your wheels, say, with the help of a pumice stone, before lacing up, here are some other remedies to summer stench.

Invisible Socks. They're not a faux pas and work just as well as gym socks.
Invisible Socks. They're not a faux pas and often have antibacterial properties.

Foot deodorants work just as well as their pit counterparts
Foot deodorants work just as well as their pit counterparts.

 

Cedar shoe trees. They're an air freshener for your shoes.
Cedar shoe trees. They're an air freshener for your shoes.

 

Foot powders help keep things dry and bacteria-free
Foot powders help keep things dry and bacteria-free.

 

Breathable soles will give your feet some air flow while your about town/ via Ecco
Breathable soles will give your feet some air flow while your about town/ via Ecco

 

Dryer Sheets. Think of these as Febreze in paper form/ via Mrs. Meyers
Dryer Sheets. Think of these as Febreze in paper form/ via Mrs. Meyers