We rarely think twice about throwing a pair of sweaty socks into the wash. But what about our shoes? Surely foot sweat and odor doesn’t end with our knit friends. The barriers between foot, sock, shoe, and environment are thinner than we imagine. Shoe Care Innovations presents a safe, clinically-proven method of sanitizing the inside of your shoes with the SteriShoe sanitizer. This groundbreaking product is recommended by over 1,000 podiatrists and has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance. If you’ve ever wanted a better way to clean your shoes and protect yourself from germs, read on to learn more!
Shoe Care Innovations — headquartered in Redwood City, California — was created to develop and market the latest clinically-proven technology aimed at revolutionizing shoe care. Chairman Allan Ulman had suffered from onychomycosis (toenail fungus) for years. He went through three rounds of risky oral anti-fungal drugs, but each time, the infection returned. Through a process of elimination and discussions with his podiatrist, he realized that dirty footwear was responsible for his recurrent infections.
Not wanting to throw out every pair of shoe he owned, Allan came up with a better way to sanitize the shoes. He borrowed from his personal experience working in the lighting industry for over 30 years and added one more invention to the five U.S. patents he already possessed. He worked with his son, Adam, to develop and market the ultraviolet shoe sanitizer that is now available to consumers for less than $130.
How The SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer Works
When the SteriShoe sanitizer arrives, you’ll notice several components:
– Two sanitization devices that fit inside the shoes
– Two UV-C bulbs
– Two purple shoe bags
– A power cord that attaches from the sanitizers to a wall outlet
To use, you simply insert a device into the shoe, stick the shoe inside the shoe bag, plug it in, and click the handle’s “on” switch. Pull the drawstring and walk away, knowing that the device will automatically turn off after its 45-minute cycle.
The SteriShoe sanitizer destroys microorganisms with germicidal UV rays — the same type used by hospitals and water treatment plants. This technology has been clinically proven to kill up to 99.9% of the harmful pathogens that cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, shoe odor and antibiotic-resistant infections.
Before marketing the product, Shoe Care Innovations commissioned an independent testing firm to clinically verify its effectiveness. They specifically tested the shoe sanitizer’s effectiveness at killing:
– Staphylococcus aureus: bacteria that causes of boils, sinusitis, meningitis, sepsis, and food poisoning.
– Klebsiella pneumoniae: a gram-negative bacteria that causes pneumonia, bronchitis, and GI issues.
– Aspergillus niger: a deadly black fungal mold that can kill or cause serious ear infections.
– Trichophyton mentagrophytes: a fungus that causes athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch.
– Epidermophyton floccosum: a fungus that causes athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and skin infections.
– Trichophyton rubrum: a fungus that causes athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, and nail fungus.
The results from the clinical study were published in the July/August 2012 issue of The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, available here. To date, there is no other shoe sanitizer that has a clinical study published in a peer reviewed medical journal. In fact, many “competing” products are not effective because they are designed with too much bulky plastic, which blocks the transmission of UV rays. As you’ll note, SteriShoe has a wide-open design, but maintains the utmost safety with its use of shoe bags.
Who Buys Shoe Sanitizers?
Shoe sanitizers are an excellent addition to the closet of anyone who wants clean, sanitary shoes. However, many people who buy this type of product have been diagnosed with — or once suffered from — the following maladies:
– Athlete’s foot
– Shoe odor
– Toenail fungus
– Plantar warts
– Diabetic foot ulcers
Whether you have a foot disease or not, you should take steps to limit your contact with unhygienic organisms that dwell in the damp, warm, dark shoe environment. Check out the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer. It also makes a great gift!