Rotten Sneaker Contest®

The Rotten Sneaker Contest began in 1974 as a promotion created by a Montpelier Vermont sporting goods owner who wanted to advertise a new line of athletic shoes. At the Montpelier Department of Recreation, the owner discovered a perfect pair of superbly rotten sneakers that would look great in the store ad. The recreation director seized the moment and created a new contest…the search for the worst rotten sneakers! The makers of Odor-Eaters® products caught a “whiff” of this grand event, and became the official sponsor in 1988.

The Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest is open to all children ages 5-15. Each year, prior to the national competition, a series of local contests are held around the country. The winner of each of the local contests travels to New York city to compete for the national Rotten Sneaker title. Shoes are judged on 1) odor, 2) condition, and 3) the child’s verbal account of why and how his/her sneakers are the stinkiest. Check out last year’s winner below.

Contests scheduled for the year
Contest rules

Kane Young-Hiss, Age 14 from Berthoud, CO Wins 40th Odor-Eaters®
National Rotten Sneaker Contest® at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in Times Square


 NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2015) — The National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest celebrated its 40th anniversary with a fan-fare of festivities in New York City today. The competition that tests just how offensive sneakers can get, culminated with the crowning of the 40th pair of most odorous soles in the nation. Ready to be judged were seven finalists ages six to fifteen, from across the country. They gathered at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in Times Square wearing the decrepit and redolent rubber-soles that won them regional recognition. Only one competitor’s sneakers were declared the stinkiest, and they belonged to 14 year old Kane Young-Hiss from Berthoud, CO. Read more

Media files for the event can be downloaded here: MultiVu Link



Grand Prize Winner Kane Young-Hiss.

Grand Prize Winner

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