Posted by Silke on March 10, 2011
We all have our favorite pairs of shoes.
I know I have a pair of high heels or two that I acquired more than ten years ago. They fit nicely and are well broken in. I’m a frugal person so I usually think, why buy a new pair of shoes if you have a similar pair already.
Well, I came across an article on the Sydney Morning Herald website this morning that made me stop and think. Here is an excerpt: From the faithful running shoe to the whimsical sandal, from the sensible work loafer to the sexy stiletto, all shoes reach a point at which they have outlived their usefulness, and we must let them go.
Our time together may seem fleeting but we hang onto favorites past their prime at our peril.
“The shoe wears out in the area where we overload it, so the part where you need the most support isn’t there,” said Minneapolis podiatrist Paul Langer, clinical professor at the University of Minnesota. “A worn shoe can exaggerate the biomechanical faults you already have.”
A loss of support and cushioning can cause shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, knee pain and plantar fasciitis, a common form of heel pain. As a shoe’s sole and heel wear down unevenly, the likelihood of twisting an ankle increases. In severe cases, old shoes can cause stress fractures, Langer said.
Unfortunately, there’s no clear expiry date for a shoe, whose lifespan depends on the quality of construction, how well you take care of it and where and how often you wear it. But there are some guidelines for determining when it’s time for your shoes to pass on.
Are your HIGH HEELS too old?
Because the heels are narrower and the soles are usually thinner, high heels wear down faster than flatter shoes, Lipson said. The most wear happens near the toe on the bottom of the shoe, because that’s the area that bears the most weight. If the thickness of the sole has worn down by half, it’s time to resole or replace.
The heel also wears down quickly, so as soon as you start to see the nail poke through, get new heel lifts. High-quality heel lifts can last twice as long as the originals from the manufacturer, Lipson said.
Please click the link below to read the guidelines for Athletic Shoes, Casual Work or Walking Shoes, Leather Dress Shoes, Sandals and Thongs.
How many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet that are in need of replacing?