Ewww, my summer sandals (technically a water shoe) have visible mildew or mold in them! Help me fix this. Plus, now I'm paranoid about all my shoes and I physically can't smell. Special snowflake details inside.
This has never happened to me before as far as I'm aware.
I moved down to the South a year and a half ago. I am now in Baton Rouge, a very humid place. I just went to put on my favorite sandals (technically a water shoe, the now discontinued Merrell WaterPro Pandi
) which I haven't worn since probably October/November. (We're having a warm/rainy spell right now.) And as I'm getting ready to put them on, I see the footbed is covered in small green circles of what appears to be mildew or mold. I grab a different colored pair of the same style, Merrell Waterpro Pandi, that I wear slightly less frequently and same thing. Upon examination, there is also visible mildew/mold on and near the heel on the actual shoe, too, so just removing and treating the soles isn't an option.
This is slightly complicated by the fact that I was born with congenital anosmia
and so I'm only able to go off of visuals here. I'm now also a little freaked out that perhaps all my shoes smell even when I don't see the green stuff.
I don't particularly want to ask anyone to come over and smell all my shoes. I mean, I have friends, but that's something I'd only ask of a family member or multi-year-long friendship, and neither live nearby.
How do I treat the Merrell Waterpro Pandi shoes? How about the rest of my shoes? All my shoes are vegan, if that matters, so only man-made materials, but not all are water shoes. I saw this question
, but 1) there's no sunshine right now, and it's always humid/rainy, and 2) I feel like perhaps the visible mildew may impact matters, and 3) I now need a routine so even though I can't smell, I'm not walking around with smelly, mildew/moldy shoes.