Why do feet sweat, and what you can do about it

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Did you know that there are approximately 250,000 sweat glands between your two feet? Those sweat glands excrete as much as half a pint of sweat each day. That's a lot of moisture, considering that most of our feet are trapped inside footwear a good portion of the day. If the shoes you wear don't wick away this moisture, it gets trapped, resulting in clammy, sweaty feet and other more serious issues. The leading cause of sweaty feet is shoes that don't breathe — these include all leather shoes and all synthetic shoes with impermeable surface.

While sweating is natural, excessive sweating and moisture on your feet can contribute to foot problems such as Athlete’s Foot, and other fungal infections. In fact, about 5% of the US population has fungal foot infections each year. That's almost 20 million people in the US alone.

All sorts of foot problems are caused in part by the shoes you wear. You’re probably thinking, shoes are shoes, right? What difference does it make? Well, the majority of name brand shoes that you see in the department stores are made with a non-breathable material and finished with chemicals to make them more durable and waterproof. Waterproof shoes are a double-edged sword. They are excellent at keeping external moisture out, but they will also keep internal moisture in.

Your feet will go right on sweating all day, and that half-pint of moisture has nowhere to go. And at the end of the day, you kick off those sneakers and can’t help but cringe. Your socks are damp, your toes are pruned, and the stink!

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I mean, the sweat you can deal with, right? But the smell, that affects other people. It’s not so easily disguised.

If you’re like me, you avoid taking your shoes off in social situations. And when you do, you sit in awkward, uncomfortable positions with your feet tucked under you, or as far from your neighbors' noses as possible. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a brand new pair of shoes and realizing they’ve been destroyed within a couple weeks.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone to some pretty lengthy extremes to get the smell out. I put my shoes out in the rain for a night, hoping that will help. I throw them in the washing machine. In the dishwasher. I stick dryer sheets in them, and spray them with perfume. I’ve even bought those little scented balls to throw in there. Sometimes it works, but it’s a temporary fix for a persistent problem.

After all, the smell is only a symptom. The real issue is breathability. Waterproof shoes have their purpose, sure, but do you really need all of your shoes to be waterproof? Chances are, you don’t. It’s time to catch the problem at its roots.

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Breathable shoes will help keep your feet comfortably dry all day long. They are magical. Rawganique’s shoes are all-natural and made of organic hemp, without the chemical finishes that seal the fabric’s fibers and trap moisture. Rawganique's hemp shoes are water resistant (a slight drizzle is fine) but not waterproofed. The good news is hemp fibers have hollow cores, which allow them to insulate in cold weather and wick moisture in warm weather, keeping your feet comfortable all year, in all areas of the world. Hemp is nature’s true smart fiber: it's the oldest fiber known to humankind and still the most perfect fiber for footwear. When it comes to shoes, breathability is everything. Untreated organically grown and handmade hemp shoes are a game changer, and Rawganique has been making many different styles of handmade shoes at its small European atelier since 1997.

I’ve owned a pair of Rawganique hemp boots for some time now, and they still don’t stink. I can take them off at the end of the day without thinking about how they might smell, and without needing to change my socks. For once I have happy, healthy feet. And you know what else is happy? My conscience. Hemp is truly a one-step solution to sweaty or fungus-infected feet.

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We make all of our shoes 100% sweatshop-free. Our shoes are actually handmade by skilled artisans in our European Atelier. These craftsmen and women are paid fair wages as they deserve, and are members of the family; many have been with us for 20 years. Very few shoe companies can make these same promises, backed by 20 years of happy, healthy feet.

"Your shoes saved my feet! I had no idea that all my foot problems could be solved by simply switching to Rawganique's hemp shoes. I wish I had known this much sooner. I had tried everything but none of the leather shoes or micro fiber shoes I ever had breathed! They looked great but they stink up my feet. Big time. Gross! Your shoes look amazing (I get compliments all the time) but what's most amazing is that they keep my feet cozy and dry all day. Thank YOU!!! Lifelong customer here. Your zippered hemp boots are a game changer for me. No more laces. I just zip them up and off I go." Josh Y.

Browse our comprehensive selection of handmade hemp shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, socks, and insoles today. You'll be sure to find the styles that jive with your lifestyle. And send us comments, photos, or drawings of styles that you would like to see in Rawganique's future footwear collections. Bye, bye sweaty feet. Hello healthy feet.

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