Ami Patel: How to make sure your feet don’t smell bad and how to take care of your leather products

It smells good

My shoes and socks always smell awful after my workout. How can I make it go away?

—Sriparna, Bombay

Here are some ways to reduce this natural phenomenon:

1. Thick socks made of cotton and natural materials are absorbent and breathable. Opt for socks that wick away moisture.

2. Never wear athletic shoes without socks. Your sweaty feet will result in damp shoes where bacteria thrive, making them even more fragrant.

3. Wash your feet with lukewarm water and mild soap at least once a day. Keep the nails clean and short. This will reduce the risk of accumulation of impurities.

4. Always wear a clean, dry pair of socks to the gym and wash and dry them properly.

Leather care

I have a collection of leather jackets and boots that I haven’t used in two years and now they’re rotting. How can I fix them?

—Jennifer K, via Instagram

Saving the situation is not a difficult task. Take the shoes outside so that mold spores do not spread inside and wipe off any surface mold with a cotton cloth dampened with warm water. Then let the shoes air dry outside. Then mix vinegar with lemon juice. The liquid should be around 12% vinegar, so if it’s stronger, add water. Dampen a cloth with this mixture and wipe the items thoroughly. Let it air dry.

Ami Patel is a famous fashion stylist, image consultant and professor of the Art of Living

From Brunch HT, November 7, 2021

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