Every endurance athlete and wannabe in the world—especially those who live in warm and humid places—know the summertime scourge of smelly and perpetually damp shoes. In my experience, it has gotten so bad that I could not open my shoe closet without being inundated with a wave of rotting shoe odor. Thankfully, there is an end-all solution to this.
First, let’s talk about why shoes get smelly. The simple answer is sweat. When you run, your feet sweat a lot; furthermore, thanks to Newton and his falling apple, sweat from the rest of your body tends to roll down and pool in your shoes. Unfortunately for you, your sweat is filled with smelly bacteria, which have now found themselves in a functional startup accelerator / breeding place called your shoes.
Shoes are the perfect place for bacteria to grow and expand, creating a giant colony of smelly little critters.
This is obviously good for the bacteria. But is it bad for the shoes?
Yes, very much so. You see, in addition to being smelly, these bacteria will eat anything in their way. That includes your shoe’s fibers. As they do this, they secrete the acidic and odorous waste that weakens the shoe structure, effectively ruining your gear even faster.
You see the problem. In addition to creating a rancid smell, these bacteria are the reason your shoes don’t last as long in the summertime.
Let’s talk about some of the potential remedies.
You could periodically wash your shoes. But that ruins their shape and fit.
You could stuff them with newspaper after each run. Yes, that will suck some of the moisture out. But it won’t get rid of the bacteria entirely, so it will only delay the onset of fetid odors and shoe-destroying enzymes.
Having ruled out the above, here is what you need to do:
- Rinse out your shoes, cleansing them of as much of the bacteria as you can. This is not too hard; just use regular water after each run. Chances are your shoes are already pretty soaked anyway.
- Dry them out as fast as possible, so that any bacteria that’s left dies immediately with no chance to reproduce.
Be careful here. You could throw your shoes in the dryer, but then they will get warped to shreds. You could strategically set up a hairdryer to blow warm air through them, while using 1.21 gigawatts and killing all the whales in the Pacific. Neither of these options are great.
At last we come to the smart solution: spend $40 and buy a DryGuy Simple Dry Boot and Glove Dryer. Through some combination of alchemy and magic (otherwise known as convective heating), the folks at DryGuy have managed to produce a wondrous machine that quietly and efficiently dries your stinky shoes in a few hours.
Forty bucks is a tiny investment for the return of saving your running gear over the summer—not to mention removing the misery of walking into closet or mudroom that reeks of noxious gas. The DryGuy boot dryer will end up make things easier for your feet, nose and wallet.
2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
When it comes to shopping for your best friend, mom, girlfriend, or any other leading lady in your circle, we’ve got you covered. Shop the best gift ideas for women with this holiday gift guide. All products are available on Amazon!
Surprise the makeup enthusiast in your life with this beautiful neutral eyeshadow palette.
Cozy up with these UGG sherpa slippers that will keep you warm all winter long.
Give the gift of glowing skin with this perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Comfortable sleep set that is cozy and cute.
A moisturizing lotion that rejuvenates the skin during the dry winter months.
Give the gift of this Pillow Talk icons set. Includes four favorite lip secrets from the collection.
Like an airy dream, Ariana Grande Cloud is a creamy, soft and luxurious perfume with a high-class scent. Fresh and uplifting bergamot orange, rich lavender and juicy pear create a bright opening.
A hair product any beauty buff would love.
An ideal gift for a girl who’s always on the go!
These must-haves are essential for every step of your hair care routine. Cleanse with normcore signature shampoo, moisturize with the nourishing mask, and refresh your style with perk up dry shampoo.
This lash enhancing liquid eyeliner and serum promote the appearance of longer looking lashes.
A great stocking stuffer and always an everyday must-have.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of earrings, let alone at this price!
At $9, This Silly Plush Turkey Hat Is A Must-Own
In 2022, Santa hats are out. Silly turkey hats are in.
I was on Amazon looking for things to do over Thanksgiving with relatives (eventually landing on the brand new game Christmas Categories) when I came across this:
My first thought was that it creates the perfect opportunity for someone in the family to recreate the classic Monica turkey head scene from Friends:
Then I realized that there are many ways you can have fun with the turkey hat Thanksgiving. When you play games, you can decide in advance that the loser has to wear the turkey hat. Or perhaps you can start a tradition that whoever carves the turkey each year gets to wear the turkey hat. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you are spending the holiday this year (with funny turkey hat, or sans funny turkey hat), the We Know Products team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Keep Comfort Within Arm’s Reach With NAIPO’s New Handheld Massager
If you go on Amazon and search for “handheld massager,” you will find dozens and dozens of clones of the same $100 massage gun. My immediate reaction upon seeing this was that there is no longer any innovation in the massager industry. Instead of actually investing in R&D to come up with more advanced ways to help customers, massager companies seem content to copy one another and compete on price.
One company gives me hope. That company is NAIPO, a well-known massager brand whose stated mission is to help people all over the world “Find Well-being.” NAIPO’s latest handheld massager features a brand new design that provides added value for the user. While it is still a percussion massager, its sleek comfort-grip handle grants access to otherwise inaccessible areas of the body. It also features 5 interchangeable massager heads so that you are able to treat each acupuncture point with the best possible massage.
This attention to detail creates a truly customizable experience. After a workout or just a long day at work, you can choose from 5 different speed levels and 5 different working modes, from gentle relaxation to vigorous, deep-tissue massage. By virtue of the extended front grip, you can give exactly the right type of massage to previously neglected muscles all over your body.
A common complaint about percussion massagers is the noise level that can make it awkward or even impossible to use in public. The new NAIPO handheld massager is different. Unlike its competitors, it provides amazing results with only a single massage head. This has the twin effect of reducing noise levels and making it lighter and therefore less unwieldy, a huge plus especially for older users.
The NAIPO XF-5120 handheld massager will be available for purchase soon, and at $52.99 it is inarguably cheaper than similar products on the market. You get your very own either at NAIPO’s own storefront on naipocare.com or on Walmart.com. Stay tuned for more updates!