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Shoe Drying Machine

A few years ago, Alex posted about kudzu, and it floored me that so many people did not know about kudzu. Here is another example of something that is very familiar to those in certain parts of the world, and completely new to those in other places. It's a shoe dryer. A real appliance you can buy. Redditor joeChump posted it under the title Norwegian shoe drying machine. In response, people from other Scandinavian countries, Alpine countries, and Canada let him know that these are common in any area that deals with a lot of snow. I had never heard of them.

It's AMAZING. If you've been outdoors playing in the snow and want a break to relax, you head inside and pop those tubes in your shoes and get a cup of hot chocolate and eat some Kvikk Lunsj. When you're done with the chocolate and Kvikk Lunsj and you feel like going out again you pop on the warm shoes and it's like walking with the warmth of an angel wrapped around your feet as you go out to battle the ice giants once again

This was certainly not something I'd expect seeing high up on my feed! Being from Norway myself, I had no idea this device would be seen as peculiar to anyone. This is the great thing about reddit.

Now I want one. They say you can get them at Canadian Tire, but if I lived anywhere near a Canadian Tire, I would have already known about them.

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It is wet and snowy where I live from October to April and wearing waterproof shoes or boots for seven months of the year does not happen. I rarely wear boots to work, there isn't a place to store nice dress shoes when I arrive so I try my best to avoid snowy areas while walking in. Of course when it snows in the afternoon my nice shoes inevitably get wet. It's just the price you pay for living in the Great White North.
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Why don't people just wear (waterproof) boots if it's that wet/snowy out instead of sneakers? Don't gadgets like this just give the house the constant aroma of sweaty feet?
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