Image via Sterishoe Unlike some people, I actually wear my sneakers. There are those rare joints that get worn once in a blue moon and there are the beaters, but trust every shoe gets broken in. Unfortunately, regular wear comes with certain drawbacks, especially now that it's summertime. Odors and shoe-loving bacteria can make you favorite kicks toss-worthy super quick.
So, what if the solution to Frito-smelling shoes could be as simple as the flip of a switch? The Wall Street Journal recently analyzed a 2012 study that claims ultraviolet light devices can cleanse shoes of bacteria that cause odor, fungus and that nasty shoe smell.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association found the SteriShoe, sold by Shoe Care Innovations Inc., Redwood City, Calif., reduced by 80% the levels of two common fungi that cause athlete’s foot and nail infections.
“There is a very good trend that this works but more research is needed for a really solid, robust conclusion,” says study co-author Mahmoud A. Ghannoum, professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology and Mycology Reference Library at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland.
Another doctor added that "the toe box of the shoe is the breeding ground for fungus, especially in the warmer weather," and that his patients have seen success with ultraviolet devices.
The SteriShoe Plus consists of a one-size-fits-all insert for each shoe and plugs into a wall socket. For safety reasons, sensors prevent it from turning on if it isn’t in the shoe and exposed to light. The device comes with citrus-scent cartridges to help reduce odor.
If you're interested in trying out the SteriShoe for $150 USD, head over to Sterishoe and get ready to rock your Huaraches minus socks without a car in your sneaker-loving world.