Odor Control In Footwear

Socks, soles and other shoe parts that come in direct contact with your feet are notorious for generating extremely unpleasant odors caused by bacterial contamination.

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Fortunately, Microban has developed an answer to the all-too-common problem in Footwear.

Importantly, it’s an answer that has been well received by consumers. In fact, in a recent study, 88% of consumers said they’d be interested in having Microban product protection built-in to their athletic shoes liners and foam.

The good news is that Microban makes the process of incorporating antimicrobial and odor-capture protection in footwear simple. We begin by talking with our clients to determine objectives and goals. And we correspond with supply chains if necessary to understand the nature of every critical part and material that needs odor-control protection. We then select appropriate compounded additives—whether in the form of master batches for plastic material treatment or in aqueous form for textile material treatment.

To identify the exact chemical properties your footwear liners and foam and we recommend the best formulation for your applications. But we do more than ensure antimicrobial and odor-capture performance. We assist clients with marketing, regulatory and patent counseling, too. It’s a turnkey approach that has proven successful for many leading footwear manufacturers.

Stop the Stink with Odor Reducing Socks

Microban helps you stop the stink, leaving you worry free. The sweat and heat generated by your feet provide an ideal environment for bacterial odor growth. Sock processing limitations make odor-control application difficult, and typically not durable enough to withstand home washes. Fortunately, Microban® odor control is not typical.

At Microban, we have developed and refined formulations that are easy to apply. These additives can withstand multiple home launderings too.

The Results Speak for Themselves

We recently conducted a study to determine the effect that Microban odor management has on odor-causing bacteria. Two samples were tested: one with Microban odor control protection and one that was left unprotected. The samples were inoculated with bacteria and the level of odor from bacteria was measured over a six-hour incubation period.

The sample with Microban generated over 250 times less malodor after the six-hour period than the sample left unprotected, and the protected sample stayed significantly fresher throughout the entire test period.

If you are ready for a long-lasting freshness, Microban odor control solutions are the first step in the right direction to a fresher you.