Dear friends and family, we are gathered here today to bid farewell to our trusted companion and partner: Our beloved old pair of shoes! We know its hard to say goodbye to your favorite pair of shoes. Every shoe has a useful life; that always comes to an end. Worn out shoes are one of the most common causes of foot and leg injuries. These factors will determine the right time to replace your shoes.
Over time, your shoes lose their original shock absorption, cushioning and stability. Continuing to run with worn out running shoes increases the stress of your legs and joints. It can lead to injury from overuse. The only thing you can do to prevent injuries is to replace your worn out shoes with new ones immediately.
The Right Time for Shoe Replacement
So how do you determine that you need a new pair of shoes? On the outside, your old pair could show minimal or no signs of damage. On the inside is a very different story. The shoes are severely damaged. The cushioning, in particular, suffers more damage.
Do not Rely on Sole of your Shoes for Signs of Damage!
When considering your shoes for damage do not use the soles of your shoes to determine if you need to replace them. The midsole, which offers cushioning and stability, usually breaks down before significant signs of wear. If you feel muscle fatigue, or joint pain, especially your knees, you are probably wearing shoes that no longer have adequate padding.
Damage to your Shoe Overtime
Most experts believe that you should change your shoes after they complete300 to 500 miles. The wear and tear significantly depend on your walking and running style. The weight and height have an impact on the useful life of your shoes.If you run or walk on bumpy roads, you will need to replace your shoes sooner than running mainly on a treadmill.
Writing the Purchase Date
Write the date of purchase of your shoes to remember when to replace them. If you use a training diary, make sure you recorded when you bought new shoes. It helps you to track how many miles you ran in them. Writing the date of purchase inside each shoe is another good way to help remember when you started running with them.
Midway through the life of your running shoes, you might be able to buy another pair of running shoes to alternate your errands. Having a new pair of shoes will help you notice when your old ones are ready to be replaced.
Even if you should replace your shoes every 200 to 500miles, there are ways to ensure that they last up to the top end of that range. Follow these tips to make your running shoes last longer. Once you have bought a new pair, you can donate your old ones to an organization that collects worn out shoes.
When to Replace your Walking or Casual Work
Change your walking or casual shoes for work when they start to show flat spots on the outer most sole. Sometimes the shoes are so severely damaged that the internal pieces of shoe begin to poke through the cushioning. If the shoes tilt to the side, it is a telltale sign of replacing shoes.
When to Replace Leather and Designer Shoes
Buying good quality leather shoes last longer than other shoes. According to shoe experts, if leather shoes are given proper maintenance then a single pair could last 15 years. Sometimes the leather shoes lead to deterioration. The cracks in the leather could increase so much that they make the shoes stiff.
They will not bend properly causing injuries to feet. The leather shoes suffer more damage at the front of the shoes. The front wall damage is hard to repair which is a clear sign that the shoes must be changed.
Changing High Heels
Expensive stilettoes are prone to damage as compared to other types of shoes. They have thinner heels, prone to more damage than flat shoes. Most broken parts are the bottom and toes of the shoes. These areas are the most vulnerable to damage. Sometimes, the thickness of the soles wears off by half this is the most indicative sign for replacement.
Appearance of the Shoes
One of the most visible signs of shoe damage is the changes in the visual appearance of shoes. The shoes start to appear dull, worn out, the material seems faded, and cracks in the shoes are obvious signs of damage. It is a clear indication that you need a new pair of shoes.
Apart from damaged visual appearance, old shoes can cause blisters, toenails issues, the strain on your feet and calluses. Before these problems become major, we recommend that you change your shoes with a right fitting new pair.
Donating your Shoes to Charity
The best way to replace your old pair of shoes is to change them before they become unusable. Giving your shoes to charity will not help those who need it. The other benefit of donating shoes its eco-friendliness. It is a more eco-friendly option to donate your shoes. Companies like Nike are involved in recycling of old shoes.
We hope that you will consider this guide when it is time to replace your shoes, consider going to an expert salesperson. The shoes must be according to your proper measurement. We recommend that you purchase your shoes in the late afternoon or early evening. We suggest that you donate your old pair of shoes or give them up for recycling for a greener planet.