I ran my marathon on $7 shoes… but I would not advice it to anyone! And while it may not be a great idea to switch shoes just before an important race, it is important to consider replacing your shoes every so often .. and that is no fun when they are finally comfortable! Running and walking shoes don’t last forever, and the support for your feet does wear out as your break down the cushioning with every step that you take.
Actually, as crazy as it sounds, shoes actually begin to age before you even buy them: (1) Since they are glued together, the glue is already dying out while the shoes are waiting for you on the store shelf or in the warehouse. (2) The air pocket in the cushioning might already slowly be dissipating–why do you think that the older models are on sale? I wasn’t too happy when I figured this out since I used to always buy my workout shoes on the clearance rack! Don’t hesitate to ask the salespeople how long the shoes have been in the store.
Typical shoes die after about 350 to 500 miles, depending on a few factors, one of which is your weight—the more you weigh, the faster they wear out. If you walk an average of 7 hours per week (one a day), then your shoes should be replaced every three months. If you walk about 30 minutes a day, the support will last about six months—every time we change the clock!
A good way to find out if your shoes are dead is by rotating walking shoes–alternate an old and a new pair, and see if you can sense the difference between them.
You can also figure out if your shoes are dead by looking at the soles. If the heel is worn more on one side than on the other, or the sole tread pattern is worn down, or there are winkles in the side or bottom of the sol, it’s time to go get new ones! Remember, if you wear dead shoes, your feet don’t have the support and cushioning that they need, and this can lead to painful shin splints, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome and stress fractures–yikes!
Well, wearing these too often will do that too…
but they are so cute! Especially with a little black dress.
Here are some tips on how to care for your workout shoes so that they have a little longer life:
~Don’t wear them all day but use them only for your exercise time—less exposure to foot moisture and bacteria!
~Air out your shoes between uses–don’t leave them in your gym bag! If you store them where they are exposed to air, they can dry out fully between uses.
~If you wear custom insoles, replace them every time you replace your shoes. But don’t change insole as a substitute for new shoes—they do not give you the same cushioning and support as the shoe itself.
~If you wash your shoes, use gentle soap and cold water so that the glue is not destroyed. And don’t throw them in the dryer—the heat will contribute to faster breakdown of the glue.
~If you use your workout shoes more than once a day, maybe you should own a couple of pairs and get into the habit of alternate them–they’ll dry fully between uses.