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Dr. Scholl's Odor Destroyers

Owner Review
by Joe Schaffer

March 25, 2020

NAME: Joe Schaffer
EMAIL: never2muchstuff(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
AGE: 72
HOME:  Bay Area, California USA

   I frequent California's central Sierras, camping year around with a goal to match my age in nights out each year; often solo. Summer trips typically last 5 to 10 days; 40 lb (18 kg), about half food related; about 5 mi (8 km) per hiking day. I winter camp most often at 6,000 to 7,000 ft (1,800 to 2,000 m); 2 to 3 nights; 50 lb (23 kg); a mile or so (1.5 km) on snowshbottleoes, pulling a sled.

The Product: Odor Destroyers Shoe Shot
    (Dr. Scholl's and Shoe Shot are registered trademarks.)
        Distributor: Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc.
        Web site:
        Product age: unknown

Manufacturer specs and conversions (reviewed product):
    Net weight: 8 oz (227 g)
    Odor control

    Odor-X 6.25 oz (177g) US$5.97

Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin, Fragrance, Chloroxylenol

    Corn Starch, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance, Kaolin, Starch/Acrylates/Acrylamide Copolymer, Benzethonium Choloride
    The product claims to reduce foot odor in part by keeping feet drier. The white powder looks and feels similar in texture to flour. It has a very faint 'hospital' smell in the bottle. The bottle shape is discontinued. Primary ingredients of the reviewed product and current product appear to be similar enough to make a relative statement about the efficacy of this brand of foot powder.

   Every trip I add a squirt of this product into whatever hiking boot I'll be using. The product has seen a wide range and variety of temperature and humidity exposures encountered in year-round Sierras hiking. Winter hikes are typically short and end before the feet work up much moisture or much snowmelt leaks through the always-corrupted waterproof-breathable liner. In summer this type of footwear gets hot very quickly and tends to stay wet either from perspiration or stream crossings.

   Waterproof breathable footwear is great (in combination with gaiters) for keeping feet mud-free, a primal requirement. Heat buildup can be substantial, and with that, of course, comes moisture. Each day that goes by, especially when there's not been opportunity for a sock rinse, means progressively more opportunity for odiferous outcome. After a couple days, socks that look clean can smell too bad to keep them in the tent--and sometimes even the rodents won't approach them outside. On worst days, taking a break gets interrupted by the wafting of catbox-type odor up to the nostrils. I don't hate cats, but I don't have any and see no need to be reminded of one of the better reasons not to have any.

    Some years ago--don't remember how many--I started using the product. I found it provided an immediate improvement to footwear ambience. A quick little burst of powder into the shoe lasts for several days of improved comfort as a result of drier feet and much less odor emanating from below the ankles. Too much can feel gummy. I'm amazed at how little is actually required--my bottle is still well over half-full after countless applications. I don't notice any buildup of product in my shoes; and socks come clean in the laundry.

    Generally I'm not a huge fan of perfumes, but I'm OK with the slight degree of unnatural odor of this product. The product's perfume smell is more than fully compensated by the reduction in what can mimic a miasma of rotting ammonia. It may seem silly in the context of getting dusty and sweaty day after day, but being able to take off my shoes without a noxious nasal assault is now not a luxury but an eagerly anticipated relief.

    I don't carry the product with me. The first day offers the greatest relief, of course. Thereafter the effectiveness diminishes each day. Nevertheless, a week-long trip with treated shoes at the outset leaves the piggies and nose much happier.

Quick shots:
    a) cooler feet
    b) drier socks
    c) less odor

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