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Published on January 3rd, 2011 | by Rita

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Save Your Soles (And Sterilize Your Shoes)

We’re go­ing to have to ad­mit that we had no idea a shoe ster­il­iz­er even ex­ist­ed. (When we go bowl­ing, they clean the shoes the old-fash­ioned way, with a spray of Lysol and a swipe of a rag.) But now that we know there is such a thing, we want our bowl­ing al­ley to get with the pro­gram.

The Ster­iShoe Ul­tra­vi­o­let San­i­tiz­er us­es ger­mi­ci­dal ul­tra­vi­o­let light (UVC) to elim­i­nate bac­te­ria and oth­er mi­croor­gan­isms. We’re heard that this is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to those who suf­fer from toe­nail fun­gus, ath­lete’s foot, di­a­betes, and oth­er prob­lem­at­ic foot is­sues. Ap­par­ent­ly, many doc­tors rec­om­mend this prod­uct to pa­tients who have re­oc­cur­ring in­fec­tions. For those of us who just suf­fer from sweaty, smelly feet, get­ting rid of odors is ap­peal­ing. We’ve no­ticed that af­ter a day on our feet, our shoes might as well be a hog re­fin­ery.

Since we’re deal­ing with ul­tra­vi­o­let light, safe­ty mea­sures are in place to make sure the UV rays are not harm­ful to our health. The am­bi­ent light sen­sor pre-scans your en­vi­ron­ment be­fore al­low­ing the Ster­iShoe shoe san­i­tiz­er to turn on and do it’s thing. Need­less to say, the en­vi­ron­ment must be dark for the san­i­tiz­er to turn on. We were pro­vid­ed with two shoe bags in or­der to cre­ate the right mood light­ing.

The cy­cle takes about 45 min­utes for a pair and it worked nice­ly for a pair of our own La Sporti­va Tes­tarossaclimb­ing shoes. On a smelli­er pair of shoes we had, we treat­ed it with a cou­ple cy­cles and though the smell didn’t to­tal­ly dis­si­pate, it was def­i­nite­ly less abra­sive to our nos­trils.

Some of us are wom­en who own quite a few pairs of heels and oth­er back­less shoes. For us, the Ster­ishoe pre­sent­ed some prob­lems. It acts like a shoe tree and the han­dle com­po­nent must be pressed down firm­ly in or­der to ac­ti­vate the san­i­tiz­er light. The bot­tom of the han­dle is curved and even if you can rig it to work, it still slips. Ster­ishoe rec­om­mends prop­ping the shoe against the wall, but we had our own dif­fi­cul­ties with that as well. All in all, we would pre­fer they in­tro­duce a mod­el strict­ly for these types of shoes. What would Chris­tian Louboutin do? We would sug­gest you use the Ster­ishoe for ten­nis shoes and oth­er types that have a back­ing, and stick with a damp cloth for the heels.

You can pur­chase in a va­ri­ety of men’s and wom­en’s shoe sizes from Ama­zon.


About the Author

Professionally in healthcare, and semi-professionally a photographer, former student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and full-time student of human nature, Rita has been writing for Truly Net for many years. Born and raised in the Midwest, she spent years on Oahu, and has formed some very strong opinions about all things knitting, pie, and the best places to climb. She really enjoys good food, music and friends, and is perfectly willing to write about, and photograph any or all of those things.



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