Most days Sophie wears these cute and lovely L.L. Bean shoes to school or camp. They look smart, are comfortable, stay on when she runs, and hold up to wading in and out of the creek that runs through the school property (their main piece of playground equipment in warmer weather).
The problem: THE SMELL. Worse than a pair of stinky Tevas. After a few days of wear without socks (best for creek wading), we can hardly keep them in the house any longer. It smells like something died. The other day she took them off in the car, and I almost drove off the road. And it seems to be getting worse. . . .
What to do? They go through the wash well, and the problem is solved for a short time. What I'm wondering is is there is any way to extend the period before which they start to reek again. Can I spray Lysol in them? Febreeze? I'm not excited about either of those substances against her skin. Can I dump baking soda in them? Do they make children's Odor Eaters?? I'm worried about our upcoming camping trip where we will be without a washing machine for two weeks.