If your trainers kick up a stink with your other half; a gadget that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilise shoes could be your salvation.
Its inventors claim the device – called SteriShoe – sterilises the bacteria which causes odours by using UV light.
Ultraviolet light is used as a disinfectant in hospitals, dental surgeries, swimming pools and other water treatment systems, but has not previously been used to tackle smelly trainers.
The gadget, which looks like a shoe tree, is placed inside the shoe and turned on at the mains before blitsing the smell away. They say it works for people who suffer from athlete’s foot, a common skin infection of the webs of the toes and soles of the feet, toe nail fungus, or just smelly feet.
Made in the U.S, the gadget is sold in pairs so users can treat a pair of shoes with each application.
Rainer Kuehling, of manufacturer Shoe Care Innovations said “The SteriShoe shoe is recommended by doctors as a chemical-free method to kill bacteria in shoes, reducing shoe odour and risk of infection from athlete’s foot.”
SteriShoe comes in various sizes and is currently available online.