When Is It Time to Replace Your Shoes?

Inappropriate, ill-fitting or worn out shoes can increase the chance of injury. Over time shoes will lose their stability and shock absorption capacity which can dramatically increase stress to your feet and legs. These added stresses can lead to overuse injuries such as blisters, corns and calluses as well as lower limb foot injuries such as heel and arch pain. Midsole of Shoe With the Midsole providing the majority of support and shock absorption in your shoes, it’s important to recognise when the midsole is past its use-by-date. You can do this by: Monitoring the number of kilometers you do in your shoes.  Most athletic shoes have a lifespan of a 1,000km.  If you’ve worn your shoes beyond this point they have most likely passed their best. Look for creasing.  If you can see a number of creases along the midsole it’s likely that they are no longer absorbing shock forces. Ensure the shoe flexes correctly.  When a shoe is at its prime, you will only be able to flex the shoe at the toes (up towards the sky).  However, if your shoes have lost their shock absorption you will be able to pull the front of the shoe down towards the ground with minimal effort. Upper The Upper should last the life of the shoe.  If the upper is showing signs of premature wearing it may be because it fits incorrectly.  Signs of premature ageing are when the Upper is ‘bulging’ over the sides of the shoe or you may be wearing a hole in the toe area. Outsole Manufacturers use different materials for Outsoles depending on the activity and durability required.  Using your shoes for the wrong activity is the number one cause of wearing through the outside prematurely.   At the Athlete’s Foot we believe it’s important to get your feet measured every time your purchase new shoes.  Ageing, weight change and injury can alter your foot size and shape.  Using our exclusive Fitprint system to identify the individual pressure points in your feet, our highly trained ‘Fit Technicians’ will recommend the shoe that fits you best. Come in today for your FREE Fitprint analysis.