Questions and Answers
Q: How long should a good pair of
running/exercise shoes last? How can you tell when
you need new ones?
It all depends on how you use your shoes and how
well you take care of them. A couple of easy things
you can do to increase their life is to always let
them air dry rather than putting them in the clothes
dryer; and to store them in a dry place, out of direct
sunlight. As time passes, check your shoes periodically.
Here are some things to look for that may indicate
it's time for a new pair:
1) lugs or treads on the sole pattern begin wearing
out.. a sole that is worn out can cause pressure spots
on the foot and alter your footstrike,
2) the midsole (the area between the outsole and
the shoe's "upper") feels brittle and compressed,
3) when set on a flat surface, the shoe appears to
tile inward or outward. Remember, your shoes are meant
to cushion and protect your foot, not just cover it.
They are an important first line of defense against
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