So says Dr. Chuck Gerba, professor and Microbiologist with the University of Arizona, who, on behalf of The Rockport Companys new line of machine-washable shoes, has just conducted a study about the filthiness of footwear.
Turns out, theres an enormous amount of bacteria on shoes, averaging 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe and 2,887 on the inside.
Gerba says, There are full-fledged microbial ecosystems living on your shoes. The build-up on your shoes provides an active food supply for bacteria. Its like meals on wheels!
Coliform and E. Coli bacteria account for 96 percent of the shoe gunk, which indicates frequent contact with fecal materials, most likely from floors in public restrooms.
That bacteria can be tracked by shoes over long distances into your home, so Gerba suggests you take off your shoes as soon as you step into your house.
He also says to wash your shoes at least once a month, because that can reduce germs and bacteria by 90 percent.
To get your washable kicks, visit rockport.com.
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