FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


No. All SteriShoe sanitizer parts are specific to the model they were designed for. The ONLY exception is the lamps for the SteriShoe Essential. If you have an Original SteriShoe sanitizer, it will take the same lamps as the SteriShoe Essential.

Our units are designed to be used with *most European currents with an adapter and will not short out due to differing voltage.

*Most does not mean ALL. SteriShoe sanitizer may short out in countries were the infrastructure is still developing, and currents are not consistent.

The SteriShoe sanitizer is very convenient to use. It works like a shoe tree and takes seconds to insert into a shoe. It is activated with a simple push of a button. Unlike chemical sprays and powders that mask odor, germicidal UV light (UVC) is a safe, proven and powerful way to kill bacteria and microorganisms. The SteriShoe sanitizer harnesses this germicidal UVC light to kill up to 99.9% of the shoe odor causing bacteria in your shoes.

Sprays and powders will also fill your shoe cushioning. As there is no way to wash your shoes, these chemicals will never come out of your shoes and essentially become a chemical bath for your feet. The SteriShoe sanitizer is completely chemical free.

Insert your SteriShoe® sanitizer into your shoe, place in shoe bags provided, and press the on button. The SteriShoe® sanitizer will run for 15 or 45 minutes, depending on the model, and then a timer will automatically turn it off. It’s that simple. Click *here* to see the instruction manuals for the SteriShoe® sanitizer.

The SteriShoe® sanitizer is applied to the smelly shoes only. Just like you wash your socks, you need to clean your shoes. The offensive shoe smell is an indication of odor-causing bacteria living in your shoes. The SteriShoe® sanitizer eliminates up to 99.9% of odor causing bacteria in shoes. Sanitizing the inside of your shoes is a great way to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for your feet.

Shoe odor is primarily caused by bacteria in your shoes. The SteriShoe® sanitizer helps remove the source of shoe odor and smelly shoes by destroying up to 99.9% of the bacteria in your shoe using UV germicidal light.

In clinical studies, shoes are largely believed to be a major cause of foot infections because they are a reservoir for microbes that cause foot infections. This includes the spores and microbes that cause toenail fungus (Onychomycosis). The SteriShoe sanitizer is a clinically proven, safe and easy to use method to sanitize your shoes. Sanitized shoes should reduce exposure to the microorganisms that cause foot infections.

The SteriShoe® sanitizer uses a specific wavelength of ultraviolet C light that is germicidal (253.7 nm). This is commonly called “germicidal UV” or “UVC.” UVC is emitted by the sun, but it is completely filtered by our atmosphere.

Germicidal ultraviolet light is proven to destroy 99.9% of targeted microorganisms. We have tested the SteriShoe®sanitizer with the number one, two, and three fungi that cause nail fungus and athlete’s foot and verified these results. Shoe odor is caused by bacteria and we have verified that the SteriShoe® sanitizer destroys bacteria as well.

Everyone should, but especially people who have an active foot infection, are immune-compromised, people with stinky shoes and feet and anyone else that wants to be proactive about the health of their feet.  .

Think about it, you wash your clothes, you dry clean your clothes, but what do you do to the inside of your shoes? Considering that human feet sweat up to half a pint (that’s 8 ounces!) per day, it’s good hygiene to clean the inside of your shoes.

Unfortunately, people who have diabetes need to be very proactive about their foot health. One study has shown that people who have diabetes are over 150 times more likely to require an amputation if they develop a foot infection.

People with nail fungus and athlete’s foot are potentially reinfecting themselves when they put their shoes on. The SteriShoe® sanitizer is proven to destroy the fungi that cause nail fungus and athlete’s foot.

Shoe odor is a byproduct from certain bacteria. The SteriShoe® sanitizer is designed to destroy these bacteria inside shoes.