Quite often I get the question:
“When should I replace my shoes?”
More worrisome is NOT asking that question. There are many, many out there that wear their shoes down to the point of risking hurting themselves.
So, for the sake of your foot health…and safety, here are some ways to see if your shoe is past it’s prime:
- Hold the shoe on both the front and back part of the shoe and twist. If the shoe twists easily the support is likely worn.
- Hold the shoes on both the back of the shoe and middle to ball of the foot portion of the shoe and try to bend in half. If the shoe bends at the “midfoot” the support may be worn out.
- Your soles may look great, but if your shoe begins to crack, likely the sole will begin losing chunks of sole when you least expect it. I’ve heard many stories from customers describing they’re feeling a strange sensation under their feet only to look back and see chunks of footwear on the sidewalk or in a museum, or wherever…
There are times you don’t even have to replace your shoe yet!
The shoe itself may be in great condition; however, when removing and looking at the insole you’ll see and feel that the insole is completely compressed – typically at both the heel and ball of the foot regions of the insole. At this point, it would make great sense to just reorder the same factory footbed from the product you own (if they offer this product). We often suggest other insoles within the store to allow your shoe to wear longer and at a much higher comfort level. The product could even feel better than new as its broken in – and you have a new comfy footbed to add to that well-shaped leather which matches your foot shape perfectly.
Athletic shoes often will never really fall apart as old shoes used to. Athletic shoes show their wear by compressing and typically by compressing unevenly. Typically you’ll begin to feel sore and a bit achy which will lead one to think that the shoes may be worn or wearing out. At this point, I would suggest looking at the shoes on a flat surface. Often, you’ll see the shoes are crooked and compressed and likely more compressed on the outside portion of the shoe. When your shoes have been compressed out of alignment your body is asked to fight against the abnormally shaped footwear to get back to a “neutral” foot plain which the body really - naturally strives for. In a sense, you’re fighting against the shoe if it is somewhat or even worn out. Depending on the individual, a half worn out shoe may not be good enough for their body or need level. It’s very important that you understand your unique bodies needs and adjust the time frame you wear your footwear for to meet that level. Your limbs, joints, and muscles will thank you.
Mainly listen to your body, it’ll tell you if you’ve worn the incorrect type of shoe too frequently of late or if your shoes are just kaput. Adjusting your footwear can and will make all of the difference - wear an athletic shoe a bit more that week to heal plantar fasciitis or a better more supportive slipper around the house instead of going barefoot. Wearing worn out shoes can be like going barefoot, and your body will certainly let you know one way or the other.