Good morning chaps. Well isn't this just a dandy topic? Mildewed boots. I bought a pair of Dr. Martens Industrial lace up work boots a number of months ago. They are comfortable, seemingly well made and durable and all that. The trouble stgarted a week ago. My wife was sitting beside me (at home thankfully) and said she kept smelling someting that was not quite right. Looking at me the whole time, of course. She finally narrowed it down to my boots. Hmmm. Look, I am fortunate in that I never get foot odour. At least not as you normally think of of nasty old gym sock odour. This is different. The boots smell just like they were soaked in water and left to mildew in a dank basement corner.
I have tried various home treatments like rubbing alcohol on them to kill the mildew spores, etc. It has not worked. I need these boots back in action since my prior pair of worn out boots have been called back into action and they are none too comfortable. I know, a bloke really needs two pairs of boots to alternate his work days to allow proper drying. I just don't have the extra income right now to allow it. These Docs are about $125 per pair and with my wife and daughter just getting fitted for eye glasses last week ($600 between them) you can imagine I won't be buying another pair this month! Would anyone have an idea about how to treat this condition? It is a bit embarrassng to even mention it but I have never experienced this before and have no clue where to start.