Sof Sole Basketball Sneaker Balls
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Final UPDATE (January 15/2012): oK, 3,5 months of use and now this sneaker balls are almost finished (90% ) and still have some scent and them really seem to work controlling bad odor. This balls have been working under hard condition, always left inside my tennis shoes inside my SUV in hot weather.

I bought this shoe freshner in october 2011 for my tennis shoes. I play 2-3 hours x 3-4 times a week in hot weather .... oK, just imagine how sneakers get after ......

In the video you can see the plastic packaging and also get an idea of the size and the open/close mechanism that regulates the scent of the sneaker balls.

Inside the sneaker ball is a white small round shaped chemical substance that produces the scent.

The scent is really intense when new and with the holes fully open. It can be an annoying smell; it is kind of spicy, throbbing. I will advice you to regulate it closing a little bit the holes mechanism and don't let kids play with it, because it can precipitate sneezing &/or rhinitis.

Pro:
Size & Shape: Absolutely appropriate to fit sneakers.
Appearance: Smiley face... funny.
Effectiveness: I wrote a mail to sneaker balls costumer help (through their website) asking for the chemical substance inside the balls and the answer arrived promptly with the MSDS (material safe data sheet) PDF attachment. The physical data of the substance analyzed corresponds to a "yellow to yellow green liquid"; it also states that: "The specific components of this product constitute a trade secret....". The analysis says that it has "benzyl acetate", a compound amply used in scents, so it works as described.

But, I guess this product has some kind of naphthalene (alcanfor) substance. If this is right (would explain odor) besides freshener it would be bactericidal.

Con
Price: I hope the freshner to last at least 3 months (I will update this later: done). If it last longer price could be oK, but if the scent disappears before it will be expensive. Update: Yes, it last longer than 3 months under heavy working condition.
Package does not explains the scent so I do not really know how it works (minus 1 star).
Package suggested price is $4,99 ..... much less than price I paid here.

Overall Rating: 3,5 stars
Final Update (january 2012): Overall rating up to 4,5 stars.

Update (nov.29): 2 months and still working very good!!!!. Yes, I think it have some bactericidal feature because it controls tennis odor great. The small ball shape is SUPERB for tennis shoes: 4 stars.
I have been using this with YONEX Power Cushion 307 Clay Court Yellow Black Tennis Shoes.

P.S: I am an intermediate-advanced tennis player (NTRP: 4,5 level*); I like technical aspects about racquets, strings, tennis shoes and tennis accessories. Nowadays I am playing 80% of my time on clay surface and 20% on hard courts. I play about 8 - 10 hours per week.

I have other tennis items reviews, maybe can be useful 4 u.

*If you want to know your tennis level visit: National Tennis Rating Program at the USTA web site.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2010
I had tried to get the bad odor from my climbing shoes for a while, and decided to try one more time before I threw them away and bought new ones. This things really took it off... They're amazing!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
These are great... I use it not just for shoes, but also in my suitcases, handbags..
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps this review is poor simply because I have a sensitive sense of smell, but these sneaker balls really only mask the smell (you can smell it still through the baby powder scent). I was hoping to buy something that would kill the bacteria that cause the stinky foot smell, but these were a disappointment. The sweat on your foot doesn't stink--it's the bacteria that thrive there and create waste (ewww). I was hoping to get something that would eliminate the smell all together by killing the little critters rather than just covering it up. What a waste of money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2009
These are fantastic! I ordered six packages and plan to order more. They last a long time and cut the odor significantly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
I have tried febreeze, baking soda, and a couple other deodorizers with no avail. They would clear up the smell slightly and/or slightly for a day or two, but then the odor would come right back. I switch these balls back and forth from my two pairs of sneakers and they keep them smelling great. The sneakers even smell good after being on my feet all day. Powerful performance in a small package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2012
As has been said before, these balls do not eliminate smells, but do a good job of masking them to the point where you can't smell them. Same things as far as I'm concerned. Even if the new scent tends to be strong, there's nothing worse than the smell of rotten shoes. This keeps them fresh for longer than would be the case otherwise. Would buy again. They last quite a while, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
I've been purchasing 'sneaker balls' for the past 3 yrs. They are great weapons against my stinky sneakers, boots, and feet. I've tried a lot of powders and sprays but all those leave a film or a layer of caking in the shoes. The balls are so much convenient to throw from this shoe to that shoe and seem to work for about half a year. I can't tell the difference from one 'sneaker balls' brand and another 'sneaker balls' brand so I just choose the cheapest or value pack. They're cheap overall and worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
Work well. They "switch" on and off to close the ball. Kinda cool. Helps the smell last longer I would guess. They really work though.

The only thing I thought was odd, was that the back says a price of 4.99 (built into the packaging). Of course I paid more then that on Prime so that kinda felt bad, but whatever - it wasn't much more.

I would say these are worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2013
These sneaker balls certainly do the trick, they helped get rid of boot odor and they are decently cheap to buy. They do smell rather manly though, which wasn't exactly what I was hoping for.
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