GloveStix and ShoeStix are products designed to absorb moisture and deodorize sweaty sports gear — gloves, shoes, sneakers and boots. They look like nunchucks – two plastic sticks connected by a rope — but they do not cause bodily harm. Inside those plastic sticks are “silver ions” that absorb and deodorize. The entrepreneur behind the two patented products is Krista Woods of Ashburn, Virginia. She’s pitching her business on Shark Tank on November 5. GloveStix and ShoeStix have a number of qualities that Shark-like investors are looking for: a charismatic salesperson (Woods); patented technology; and a product that requires customers to re-purchase (the filters). Woods suggests changing the silver ion filters every season.
Woods also has the advantage of pitching GloveStix and Shoe Stix in front of guest shark Alex Rodriguez, the former New York Yankees slugger who presumably knows something about stinky gloves and shoes. Glove Stix and Shoe Stix are available on Amazon (see link above) and on her website for $29.99. If you join her online “Stink Club”, you’ll get a 30 percent discount on filter refills. There isn’t an exhaustive list of stinky things that GloveStix and ShoeStix will fix, but a short list includes lacrosse gloves, boxing gloves, baseball mitts, hockey gloves, cleats, basketball sneakers, ballet slippers and on and on. Shark Tank airs Sundays at 9pm and 10pm on ABC. [Related: 33 Shark Tank Holiday Gifts — Smart Gifts For Men, Women, Kids, Pets]