It's been crazy damp yet cool here in PA and it's making my brand new pair of VFFs tragically skanky because when I washed them after a romp in the mud they still weren't dry after two days of hanging. Soaking them in some enzymes right now as an emergency intervention before the skankmonster gets out of control. The forecast still says rain for the foreseeable future! I tried putting them in the dryer on the "air" setting and the banging around was traumatizing my cats and boyfriend, plus I don't think it was really helping!
Hairdryer? Dryer on low? Will these ruin my precious? Other ideas?
If you have a portable electric heater (those radiant dish heaters are the best) you could hang them in front of it and let them dry. Just check on them to make sure they're not too close! The smell of melting rubber might be worse than feet skank, lol.
I am in Texas where it is super dry...hence all the fires, but we have had our share of humid seasons and some clothes that I do not like to dry in the dryer due to shrinkage have got that mildewy smell so I know what your concern is. If it stays damp it grows smelly nasties NOT from stinky feet because you washed them. And all feet don't stink or at least mine don't ; ) Anyway for the clothes that had issues I had to soak in vinegar and rewash. The enzyme thing I think would work too but no experience. I would suggest rewashing and then taking the time to dry them out. If you do not have a floor heater/space heater I think the blow dryer would work. Might be time consuming but I would do it for my precious VFF. I ended up drying my clothes in the dryer once I got rid of the mildew smell and no more hanging to dry when it is too humid, not worth it. I have only had to wash one pair of my VFFs once because I mostly run around barefoot and the debris and dirt from my feet got on the inner sole but I have not had an odor problem with either of mine at all.
Go to a pet store and buy some cedar chips. Stuff in the shoes. The dry chips wick away moisture and kill bacteria. The cedar aroma kills the stankass. I actually use my wife's old pantyhose stuffed full of cedar chips to stuff into my shoes at night. Keeps 'em dry and fresh.
This worked after a disney vacation where we were plodding through the rain for 3 days. I did run them through the wash after the vacation, but after that they still had the stank... cedar chips and one evening, they were almost as good as new.