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2.0 out of 5 stars Shoes smell like gasoline! Really!, April 8, 2012
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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!
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2013 8:00:05 PM PDT
L from MA says:
I just received these shoes and they do smell like gasoline! I left them in my hallway and it stinks up my house. I plan on returning these shoes and won't ever buy synthetic shoes again.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2015 5:05:31 AM PDT
May I ask what color you ordered? I'm just wondering if that has anything to do with the smell.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2015 8:37:46 AM PDT
I ordered the black and white ones. I don't think the smell (which was really strong) had anything to do with the color. I think it was related to the materials the shoes were made of.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2016 9:59:28 PM PDT
I bought these shoes at a store, and while they did smell at first, the smell went completely away by day 2. They are comfy and I always get compliments for them. I purchased the brown and white, two tones

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2016 7:22:19 AM PDT
Jay says:
Agree with you %100. The smell in mine went away after a few days!!
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