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 this year’s winner below.

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Mason Young-Hiss, Age 12 From Berthoud, CO Wins 41st Odor-Eaters® National Rotten Sneaker Contest® At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Times Square


 NEW YORK, NY (March 8, 2016) — Regional winners of the Rotten Sneaker Contest gathered at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Times Square for the 2016 national competition.  Six contestants from across the country, ages seven to thirteen, went head-to-head in New York today to show off their foul smelling sneakers for a chance to win the national title. But only one pair of sneakers could be crowned the winner and they belonged to 12 year-old, Mason Young-Hiss, from Berthoud, CO. Read more

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



Grand Prize Winner Mason Young-Hiss.

Grand Prize Winner

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