Converse shoes?

A few years back I had a pair of the original style Converse shoes and I ended up pitching them because I thought they smelled funny. I ran them through the wash a couple of times but the rubber smell remained. I recently picked up a similar style and once again feel like they might be kicking off an odd odor.

What do you guys think? Are there differences in the rubber soles of these style of shoes that lead to a different odor? Or is it something I'm noticing only because I am, oddly, sniffing my shoes?
Converse shoes?
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