Another Angle: Reusable Shoe Covers

Not all shoe covers are disposable, at least in the single-use sense (most everything is eventually disposable, right?).  But who uses reusable shoe covers?  What are reusable shoe covers made from?  What are the benefits and drawbacks?

Who uses them?

Reusable shoe covers are recommended for use in the following industries:

  • Tradespeople (carpet cleaners, electricians, cable installers, plumbers, etc.)
  • Home inspectors
  • Deliverymen
  • Contractors
  • Cleaning services
  • Etc.

Basically, if your profession brings you into the homes and businesses of your customers, and you care about differentiating yourself from your competition, taking the extra step in protecting their flooring from tracked in grime and scratching by using shoe covers is important.  However, instead of using standard disposable shoe covers, which are definitely not as durable and which add up in cost each time you put on a new pair, you can use reusable booties.

Shoe Inn’s washable shoe covers are an affordable way to avoid damage and contamination that will likely lead to losing customers. Our reusable shoe covers are the #1 choice among professionals because of our quality materials and affordable pricing, and they are made right here in the USA!

What are they made from?

black and blue with white background for amazonShoe Inn’s reusable shoe covers are constructed with a premium nylon material, which is the same material used to manufacture rugged items like tarps and backpacks. The extremely durable fabric is permanently sealed with a moisture barrier finish, while the sole is made from a rugged, waterproof, non-slip material.

What are the pluses and minuses?

Let’s start with cons.  There aren’t many, but might as well get them out first.

  • Cost more than disposable shoe covers (at least initially)
  • Require care and keeping track of if you want to make them last as long as possible
  • Let us know if you can think of anything else, we can’t

As for the much longer list of pros:

  • Reusable for approximately 6-9 months (ultimately costing MUCH LESS than disposables)
  • Machine washable
  • Range of sizes from small to extra large
  • Anti-skidpsc_3_colors knockout
  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Three different color options (blue, black and red)
  • Customizable (embroidered) for branding value
  • Made in the USA

Basically, if you want an economical way to keep moisture in, while providing you with superior traction and peace of mind that you will not be slipping and sliding around or damaging a customer’s floors because of your shoes/boots and anything that might be on them (oil, mud, dirt, etc.), Shoe Inn reusable shoe covers are an excellent option.

Three “Off the Beaten Path” Applications Where Shoe Covers are Used

The elevator conversation goes something like this: “We sell automatic shoe cover dispensers and shoe covers.” “Shoe covers?” “Yes, shoe covers or booties, like doctors wear.” “Oh yeah, hospital booties.” Other than hospitals, the usual suspects where shoe covers are used include pharmaceutical manufacturing, food processing, research and development, medical device manufacturing, etc. Less obvious applications include construction, real estate, and aerospace as well. Because most of us are not behind the scenes, we don’t realize there are dozens and dozens of industries where shoe booties are important. Here are three “off the beaten path” applications where disposable shoe covers are used:

  • “Dirty business”

Most often shoe booties are used in clean environments (for example, cleanrooms, laboratories, food processing facilities) where the intent is to keep outside contaminants iStock_000020583218XLargefrom entering for reasons such as hygiene, food safety, product purity, testing results integrity, etc. Why would “dirty” industries (like your stereotypical manufacturing that is oily/greasy/otherwise messy) use them? The reason is that when employees or anyone else who has been in the dirty area comes into the clean office space for lunch, a quick meeting, or to exit the facility, they put on shoe covers in order to keep the area clean and to prolong the life of expensive flooring. A thick fabric bootie may do the trick, but a heavy duty shoe cover that will stand up to aggressive boot treads and keep dirty contaminants inside the shoe cover may be advisable.

  • Filming and photography

Location sets for filming and photography may involve exclusive homes and fragile surfaces that deserve protection from scuffs, scratches, and contamination. Also, companies may want to protect their green screens when people are walking or posing on them. Depending on the surface, a plastic shoe cover may be appropriate because it is waterproof and inexpensive. Another option that is also waterproof but has superior traction is the Super non-slip shoe cover, which is the go-to when slippery surfaces are involved.

  • Textile services

Clean laundry doesn’t deserve to get dirty before it is put into use. No need to waste water and detergent for re-washing, right? Keeping large-scale laundry facilities clean is important in case the corner of a clean sheet or towel touches the ground, or a laundered uniform accidentally falls on the floor. A variety of types of shoe covers would work, perhaps a low cost fabric bootie.

Disposable shoe covers are ubiquitous and quite helpful in a wide variety of environments beyond the usual suspect applications. From military bases to national laboratories, child care facilities to parades of homes, energy production operations to battery manufacturers, shoe covers are a vital tool to keep environments clean and safe.

Sell that House!

Have you ever walked into an open house and been asked to take your shoes off?  The realtor’s top priority is to sell the house and, in order to do that, they should keep it as clean as possible.  They’re far more likely to sell it faster and for the most money if it is clean and in the best shape.

Let’s face it: our shoes are dirty!  The usual suspects like dirt, leaves, mud, gum, sap, and a variety of disgusting things can get all over the floor.  Some shoes also scuff up the floor so the realtor has to spend valuable time cleaning after everyone leaves.  No wonder that as soon as you walk into the house for sale you may be asked to remove your shoes.

Picture this: you crouch down in front of strangers and spend a minute unlacing your shoes and adding them to the fleet of other peoples’ shoes.  Alternatively, maybe you try to balance on one leg while taking each shoe off, successfully or perhaps not so much.  Or maybe you put your hand on the wall for balance, thereby leaving a hand print.  Then you walk around the house in your (dirty?) socks, which can be quite awkward with other people around.  Plus, you can’t walk to the backyard or outside at all because your socks will get dirty (dirtier?) and then you’ll track dirt back into the house.  When leaving you have to do the reverse process: more time, more balancing acts, more hand prints on walls.

Does it have to be this way?

Assortment of shoe covers on shoesOf course not.  The solution?  Shoe covers.  You can simply have visitors put them over their shoes and the floors won’t get dirty, scuffed or scratched.  Unfortunately, there is a catch: regular shoe covers can be difficult to put on and you still have the issue of finding a place to sit down or balancing or leaning on a wall.  This can create a bit of a traffic jam at the entrance and cause people to get impatient.

This is why Shoe Inn provides automatic shoe cover dispensers, which make it faster, easier, safer and cleaner to put shoe covers on.  Nobody has to sit down, balance precariously while trying to avoid falling, leave hand prints on walls, or walk around in their socks.  Visitors will be much happier, sufficiently impressed, and more apt to buy the home.

Get your automatic shoe cover dispenser here today!