Choosing the Best Shoe Spray to De-Stink After Rock Climbing

May 29, 2019
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(Left) Chris Shane/(Right) Courtesy of Lumi OutdoorsThe right shoe spray can keep your climbing shoes fresh—even after a long day on your feet.

Climbing shoes are notorious for retaining hard-to-remove foot odor, especially since they’re usually worn without socks that could help soak up any sweaty stink. To neutralize smells, you’ll need a powerful counteragent. Enter Extra Strength Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Odor Eliminator ($15; from Utah-based Lumi Outdoors. This shoe spray relies on natural, antimicrobial ingredients for odor elimination, including essential oils of lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint. You’ll need to like the strong lemony, minty smell to use it (hint: apply it outdoors)—or at least prefer it to the eau de stankfoot you might otherwise emit.


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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.