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Shoes smell like gasoline! Really!
on April 8, 2012
Ok, if you like these kind of shoes, they are cute. They fit decently and are reasonably comfortable. But they have a strong odor that smells to me like gasoline. When I opened up the box, the gasoline smell seriously slapped up my nose. I thought that after a couple of days the smell would go away. It is perhaps less strong, unless I have somewhat become habituated to the smell, but the shoes still really stink. I got in the car wearing them and they made the inside of my car smell like gasoline. They are up in the bathroom right now and the bathroom smells like gasoline. Seriously.
When I did a Google search there are some listings about plastic products from China (like these shoes) being really smelly, especially since around 2005. The thought is that something about their manufacturing processes changed around then. One commenter wondered if the outgassing from these products is toxic. There doesn't seem to be a definitive answer for that. Another poster suggested putting baking soda in the shoes or wrapping them up in newspaper.
The bottom line is this: only get these shoes if you are willing to have and wear shoes that have a persistent gasoline smell from an unknown chemical or chemicals.
I would hope this shoe manufacturer could do better than to produce such stinky shoes!