Here's some news that will curl your toes.
According to a study sponsored by Rockport shoes and conducted by microbiologist Dr. Charles P. Gerba that sought to determine the efficacy of machine-washable shoes in reducing bacteria levels, wearing shoes inside your house dramatically increases the amount of bacteria — including E. coli and its variants — in your home.
"The common occurrence (96 percent) of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors," Gerba said in the study, quoted by Ciriscience.
E. coli is predominantly spread through contact with fecal material.
But that's not all.
"Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria," Gerba said.
In many countries, including Japan, it is common to remove shoes before entering a home.
Fortunately, the study, which was presented in a video entitled "Life of a Shoe" by Rockport, found that washing shoes with detergent could eliminate up to 90 percent of bacteria.
Check out the video below:
Do you wear your shoes in the house? If you do, how likely are you to keep doing that now? Let us know what you think.