The secret to his success? "No socks, ever."

"The stank was from rubbing my toes back and forth and making them sweaty," said Noah, with his trophy in hand and two golden sneakers hanging from his neck.

Noah said he also played soccer and baseball in the three-year-old Adidas patched together with duct tape.

Human feet shouldn't smell that bad," said judge Bill Fraser.

Noah is a veteran of the competition. Last year he was a runner-up in the state event.

In the week leading up to this year's contest, he refused to take a bath. When his parents insisted, they found him with his feet hanging out of the tub, his father Peter Nielsen said.