Disease specialists have warned that COVID-19 can live on the soles of shoes for up to five days, with footwear more likely to carry coronavirus if it has been worn in busy areas like supermarkets, airports or on public transport.
The sole of a shoe is the main breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and viruses, but respiratory droplets carried in the air from a person infected with coronavirus can still land anywhere on the upper part of a shoe like the laces or the heel.
People who are not working from home, like healthcare workers and shop assistants, are advised to use one pair of shoes out of the house.
Shoes made from canvas, soft fabrics or faux leather should be cleaned in the washing machine on a low-temperature cycle. Leather shoes or heavy-duty work boots should be cleaned by hand with disinfectant wipes.