Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Business Briefs; Moms Create a Fix for Stinky Feet the Pair's Invention of StinkyCleats Are a Hit with Players, Parents

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Business Briefs; Moms Create a Fix for Stinky Feet the Pair's Invention of StinkyCleats Are a Hit with Players, Parents

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Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN

Two Clay County soccer moms are hoping a product they've concocted to take the "stink" out of cleats and sneakers will soon bring the sweet smell of success their way.

Tired of being nearly bowled over by the odor that wafted out of their kids' soccer shoes, Orange Park friends Lisa Felegy and Shelly Wingard decided to do something about it. They began experimenting with a variety of mixtures until they came up with what they now call StinkyCleat.

Sold for $8 a pair, StinkyCleats are shaped like a soft, cylindrical pod, about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. The cloth-covered pods, filled with a secret mixture come in a variety of patterns, sports themes or solid colors. A pod goes in each cleat, eliminating - not masking - odors in about 24 to 48 hours, the inventors said.

The pods themselves remain odorless and tend to last for about four months of intense use, they said. The pods can also be used to take the odor out of gym bags and lockers.

"They have no scent whatsoever," Felegy said. "We don't know what they do with the odor, but it's gone."

Felegy and Wingard have a patent pending on StinkyCleat, and while they won't reveal what ingredients they use, they said they came up with the recipe by experimenting at their kitchen tables with everyday items you can find at the grocery store.

They've been marketing StinkyCleat at soccer tournaments for several weeks now, and have scored big with players and parents alike. They completely sold out at one recent tournament, they said.

"We've gotten really great feedback," Felegy said.

Orders also can be placed online at www.stinkycleat.com.

MCDONALD'S GETS IN ON THE POST COFFEE SHOP SCENE

Clay County coffee drinkers are among the first in Northeast Florida who can try out McDonald's restaurants newest idea - McCafe coffees.

The new drinks feature all the bells and whistles of upscale coffee shops but without the hefty price tag, said Kathy Scheurman, owner of several McDonald's in Clay and Duval counties. The new drinks include lattes, mochas and cappuccinos in a variety of flavors including caramel and vanilla, as well as hot chocolate. …

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