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  Smelly trainers could be given the boot
Updated 09 April 2002, 13.30

Whiffy trainers could soon be a thing of the past.

Instead of niffing of pongy feet, the new hi-tech trainers could smell of lemons or even wild flowers.

Scientists have found a way of mixing leather with a long-lasting supply of fragrances.

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Expert of smells Dr Martin Kleban explains that when the trainers are subjected to pressure or moved, tiny microcapsules break and release their scent.

Real leather smell

Leather things such as, jackets and sofas could also get the treatment.

The clever technique was invented by a German company. Their customers wanted the real smell of leather, which has been lost in modern processing.

The question is which smell would you choose for your trainers? Strawberry or maybe even chocolate!

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