(PCM) Congratulations are in order (at least we think) to the winner for the Odor Eaters 42nd annual National Rotten Sneaker Contest. The honor of “Smelliest Sole” went to a young man from Alaska named Connor Slocombe. The contest was held a the famed Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in New York City.
Slocombe also took home the prize of $2,500, which he will hopefully use to purchase some new sneakers, as well as an additional two night stay in New York City, tickets to a Broadway show, a space in the Odor Eaters “Hall Of Fumes” and a supple of Odor Eaters products to hopefully rid himself of his “smelly soles”.
Slocombe’s New Balance sneakers were so worn through that his toes were literally popping out of the top of his shoes, but hey, at least he got a golden sneaker medal! You know, goals and stuff! We can’t believe this competition has been going on for as long as it has!
The final competitors are chosen from local markets around the country and their sneakers are judged on factors such as odor, condition and the child’s description as to why their shoes are the stinkiest. The contest began in 1974 when a sporting goods owner in Montpelier, Vermont was seeking to advertise a new line of athletic shoes. The rest is “stinky” history.