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Buh-bye Odor! Zorpads makes 'no shoes' apartments a lot less awkward Zorpads, the groundbreaking company bringing space technology to your shoes, announced its first official product launch this August 2017. Created by Harvard Business School graduates, Taylor Wiegele and Sierra Smith, Zorpads are odor-eliminating shoe inserts made with patent-pending, NASA-tested technology. Wiegele and Smith met in their first year at Harvard Business School. Leveraging their classmates as a community of beta-testers, the pair iterated upon feedback from the handmade samples they crafted using a heat sealer and dried baby wipes. After placing as a semi-finalist in Harvard's New Venture Competition, Zorpads knew they had found a huge need and were determined to solve it. "Shoe odor is a universal issue," says cofounder Wiegele. "Nobody is satisfied with the solutions on the market and there hasn't been meaningful innovation in the category. We're changing that. Our goal is to make 'no shoes' apartments a lot less awkward." "The product is only the beginning," says Smith, cofounder. "We have the technology to change the entire odor- elimination market." Utilizing a material that Wiegele stumbled upon while working as a Life Support Systems engineer at SpaceX, the one-size-fits-all, anti-microbial insert acts as a vacuum cleaner— it absorbs and eliminates the bacteria, eradicating odor right where it starts. It consists of a moisture wicking liner, an odor absorbing carbon layer, and sticks to the insole of any shoe. In initial tests, 100% of users found Zorpads to be better than current solutions. Here's what else is cool—each Zorpad, which is super thin (about as thick as a credit card) has more odor- destroying surface area than a full-sized tennis court. And it will stick to the bottom of your insole –that means it won't slide around and end up under your toes. Zorpads retail at $5 per pair and are available in packs of 1, 5, and 25, with an option for subscription service, and sold at ML

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