What Will Owning the Smelliest Sneakers in the US Get You?

A 12-year-old boy from Alaska earned some quick cash for owning the rottenest sneakers in the country.

Connor Slocombe was named the grand prize winner the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest held at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in New York City on Tuesday, taking home $2,500 plus a supply of Odor-Eaters products.

Slocombe’s filthy and stinky sneakers were the result of fishing and camping trips, as well as stepping in animal droppings on his aunt’s farm.

For more than 40 years, the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest has called for children all over the U.S. to show-off their filthiest footwear. This year’s national competition was judged by a veteran panel of scent experts, including George Aldrich, a chemical specialist for Nasa, and Rachel Herz, Ph.D., with a specialty in the psychology of smell.

Slocombe’s sneakers, a pair of New Balance kicks, will be enshrined in the Odor-Eaters “Hall of Fumes.”

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