4 Good Reasons to Buy New Shoes.
No, I'm not talking about heels or flip flops. While those types of shoes are OK for special occasions, I'm talking about sneakers. The materials in athletic shoes actually do have a shelf life—they break down with use and over time. The soft, bouncy materials that make up a shoe are designed to provide cushioning and support. The more you wear your shoes the more those materials pack down and lose that springy-ness.” Which is why it being recommend trading in running and walking shoes after 300 to 500 miles.
1. YOUR SHOES ARE LOOKING WORN
Look for general wear and tear. If the treads are gone, they will no longer provide grip or traction and could lead to slips and ankle twists.
2. YOUR FEET FEEL ACHY
Worn out cushioning material can lead to achy feet and ankles. When your shoes reach the point where the midsoles no longer compress, it’s a sign they are no longer cushioning your movement, which puts more pressure on your body, especially on the joints.
3. YOUR KICKS HAVE TOO MUCH GIVE
If they still feel loose—no matter how tight you lace “them”, it’s time to slip on a new pair. Shoes stretch out over time, and if you continue to use them you may notice friction from rubbing in certain areas, which can lead to blisters.
4. YOU SET AN INTENTION TO MOVE MORE!
An investment in your attire might be just the push you need to stay motivated beyond January. That extra spring is always encouraging to take more steps!