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Nike / shoes smell like cat urine

1 United States Review updated:

I am glad to see this forum, I have been battling this for a couple of years, at first I thought the kids left their shoes on the step and the cat urinated in them, we tried to wash it out with no success so we threw them away. Then a friend told us it was the glue that Nike uses because they have had the same problem. My wife is a loyal Nike customer and demands that our kids wear Nike shoes. We have a lot of Nike shoes and only some of them are stinkers. However the brand new pair of T90's I bought for soccer this year are horrible, after the first use they stunk to high heaven. I don't know what to do about it other than put my foot down and forbid any more Nike shoes to be purchased in my house. THESE SHOES SHOULD COME WITH A "DO NOT SWEAT OR GET WET" WARNING ON THE BOX.

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  • Su
      8th of May, 2008
    0 Votes
    Nike Shoe Sandls - regarding sole

    hi this is suresh i am from india as we brough nike shoe sandals i brought from chennai there is a repair in shoes as we use 2 bring 3 pairs from chennai as there is an destruction in sole please verify tht and wht shd i do now fr tht purpose ...please retify this problem so tht it wont come in further

  • Ti
      2nd of Jul, 2008
    +1 Votes
    Nike - Nike shoes, fell apart

    I brought nike last xmas 2007 less than 6 months the shoes have fall apart. I rang nike, they said, take them back. Terrible product and terrible service! Beware people!

  • Pr
      18th of Jul, 2008
    0 Votes

    I also bought a pair of nike shox and a few months down the line the soles spilt between the shox..

  • Ti
      4th of Aug, 2008
    0 Votes

    i bought a pair of nike high tops and the sole on the bottom of the sneakers came off thay was not even 3 mons old .i dont know how to get in touch with nike to conplane about this .i have gotten nikes sence i was in high shool in 1883

  • Ni
      29th of Aug, 2008
    -1 Votes

    I bought a pair of Nike Shox just a few months ago and one of the shocks blew out .. im tring to find out who to contact... anyone have any info?

  • Ro
      19th of Oct, 2008
    -1 Votes
    Nike - Faulty footware
    152 forest View Rd
    United States
    Phone: 309 8792706

    I have two different pairs of Nike tennis shoe and both pair the sole is coming off of them. I am 59 years old and have not done anything to cause them to fall apart.

  • Bp
      27th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    All you have to do is send them back to Nike per their policy, and Nike will give you credit towards another pair of shoes. All you have to do is read!

  • Jo
      27th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes
    Nike - Nike 90 Ronaldo Football Boots
    England, South Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 0114 2540077

    My sons Ronaldo football boots smell awful, like strong cat pee. Have to put them in the garage in 2 carrier bags, as soon as you open the garage door the smell is dreadful. Makes your stomach turn. What are Nike going to do about this ?

  • Ve
      26th of Jan, 2009
    0 Votes
    Fresh Pair Of - Online scam
    Fresh Pair Of
    United States

    I was looking for inexpensive, designer jeans. I thought I got a great deal when I found Fresh Pair Of but it took almost a month to get the jeans and then they were FAKE!! Not even real from China. I have contacted them numerous times and no responses. If I would have known they were fake maybe I could have made that decision myself but not when they are trying to pass them off as AUTHENTIC. Do not purchase from them unless you are aware they are selling knockoffs.

  • St
      13th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes - Stay away from them!
    United States

    Don't trust these people! I ordered a pair of boots from them and never got the order! Look at the complaints about them first! They'll cheat you out of your money for sure! Stay away!

  • Ke
      13th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes - Stay away from them!
    United States

    Please, stay away from them! I ordered a pair of shoes and never got my order. They've charged my account and now I can't get through to them to get my money back!

  • Ke
      13th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes - Stay away from them!
    United States

    Please, don't order anything from these scammers! You'll get no order and they'll never return your money! No way to get in touch with them after they charge you!

  • An
      13th of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes
    Nikesupersupplier - Do not buy from them
    United States

    New conmanship, dont buy anything from nikesupersupplier AT, you will get nothing, they use a real nike authorization letter to scam you, the authorization letter is for one of the real nike factories, they will tell you they are the factory and you can choose the products at then email them your select products, then talk about prices with you and request you to make the payment through Western Union, but after you send the payment, they will block you and you will get nothing from them.Their address they give you for payment is inexistent, and their phone is too.Some my friends have been scammed by them yet.

  • Sh
      13th of Jul, 2009
    +2 Votes

    I have bought 4 pairs of nike 90 football boots and astro turf books for my grandson all four pairs ended up smelling of cat pee, no problem with his adidas books

  • Oz
      10th of Oct, 2009
    Best Best Advice +4 Votes

    Oh my gosh, our sons football shoes had gotten wet two weeks ago, and what a smell. I took the first pair back to Dicks Sporting goods, they exchanged really thinking I was crazy.

    Now the second pair the same, now they wont take back.

    I have contacted Nike no response, so I have taken this to Better Business Bureau, the kids cannot wear these, IT IS DISGUSTING.

  • Mg
      16th of Oct, 2009
    +3 Votes

    I am in Australia and my son 20 yrs old insists on NIKE footwear that set us back hundreds of dollars for every pair. We have thrown out 5 pairs thinking that he had left them at the front door at his friends houses and cats had urinated on them. My 2 yr old grandson has also lost one pair to the dreaded cat urine issue, leaving people believing that his mother is dirty because of the smell. I have spent many an hour on the internet finding ways to remove urine from leather and just as many hours trying the results of these searches not to mention the cost of the products that did not work. I am disgusted to find that the actual reason for this smell is in the production of the product. NIKE step up to the plate and change the fact that Australia receives your inferior products.

  • Ti
      19th of Sep, 2018
    0 Votes

    @MGarrett The glue they use for the shoes smells like cat urine when activated through boyfriends Nikes smell god awful a week after purchase & we live in chicago, we no longer purchase Nike because of this.
    Try Supra or puma they are good shoes

  • Ra
      20th of Oct, 2009
    +2 Votes

    I am so glad to see that others have this same problem. My son's new Nike's smell as if a cat urinated in them...we do not own a cat!!!

  • Hi
      27th of Oct, 2009
    -1 Votes

    Sorry folks its NOT Nike's fault!!! All football cleats smell the same when they get wet. My son has played football for 5 years now & the same smell occurs when they play in the rain. He has had a different brand every year. All the football mom's have had the same complaint. The best way to fix it is to wash them with Lysol 4 in 1 cleaner full strength. Pour about a cup in the wet shoe and scrub the outside with a brush. Let them sit for about an hour then rinse. Let them dry & repeat next time it rains. The shoes have held up for many washings!

  • Js
      19th of Dec, 2009
    -1 Votes
    Nike - FAKE!!!!FAKE!!!!FAKE!!!!
    United States


  • Ju
      21st of Jan, 2010
    +2 Votes

    it is nikes fault.

    myself and a friend in 2001 had air max 95s and same told me that i washed them in machine.

    (they were brand new and i had not) i argued to no avail eventually being told by nike cust ser manager(joke in that title) that i shouldnt

    have got them wet at all!! these were running shoes and at the time i lived in scotland!! my friend went to the expense of sending them to

    nike.they sent them back with a letter saying that they had tested them and they had been in the washing standards

    told us that there was no such test but nike wouldnt have it. i wa a gap manager at the time and as i spoke to people in the retail industry

    i found that this was a common problem with many nike models.i did write to watchdog and am glad to see that maybe i helped in some

    small way.remember this was 2001 in the uk so shame on you nike.this has been going on for nearly 10 years.

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