I’m on my second pair of Nike Free’s, which is a shoe that is designed to be worn without socks. I loved my first pair because I could slip them on over bare feet when I was in a hurry, they were so comfortable, and yet gave great support, just like a tennis shoe. The only problem? Foot perspiration caused them to deteriorate and smell, and soon they were a nasty old pair of sneakers. My wife bought me a new pair and I pledged to keep them nice, by only wearing them with socks. But doing that takes away most of the benefits of the shoe. It is less convenient to have to pull on a pair of socks each time, and with socks, they don’t look or feel as good.
But now I can wear them “free” again. That’s because I learned about Stuffitts, (www.stuffitts.com), a tremendous shoe saver created to absorb moisture and eliminate odor, extending the life of your favorite pair.
Stuffitts, which come in multiple sizes and colors, contain aromatic eastern red cedar inserts designed to wick moisture away from shoes quickly, while arresting undesirable orders left behind from sweat or mildew. They also come with a handy connecting strap, which allows you to keep your Stuffitts together and also serves as a convenient hanging or carrying strap for every pair you “Stuff.” Stuffits are being marketed primarily to runners, but these would be great for basketball shoes, cleats and awesome to put in ski boots too.
We are in the midst of one of the biggest rain storms in Southern California history and when I went out yesterday, my running shoes got soaked. I left the Stuffitts in the shoes overnight and this morning they were completely dry and, instead of being musty and dank, smelled refreshed and new.
So I’m looking forward to this spring and summer. I’ll be able to wear those Nike Free’s whenever and wherever I want, and not worry how hot and sweaty my feet get in the process. Because I’ll know that when I get home, there will be a couple of good soldiers waiting to burrow inside, dry, clean and refurbish them without a single complaint. It’s a dirty job, but Stuffitts enjoy doing it.