Do you love walking in an adorable pair of shoes every day, everywhere? If yes, then you must have wished for your shoes to last a bit longer than they are guaranteed to live. Right? Also, you might forget to check your shoe every day after returning home from outside to keep it going for a long time and simply throw them in any corner of the house due to tiredness.
Why is it important to check? Well, we are very protective of the things that we love the most, like our footwear. But sometimes, our shoes (which help us to pass through every mud and moist place) face our negligence due to the lack of knowledge about the protection measures and lose their life ultimately.
So, good care and checking of shoes are mandatory. By doing so, you would increase the life and usage period of your good-quality shoes in which you walk every day. Also, the shoes should last for at least 8-12 months, and 500-700 miles (in case of running shoes).
Don’t worry! In this article, we will discuss the signs of dead footwear and tips to make shoes last longer.
Signs Your Shoes Are Dead
A few of the signs are discussed below to help you find if your shoes are getting aged:
- When Range Limits Down
Keep tracking the time of walk in similar shoes since day one (when they were first used). For example, the athletic shoes last for 350-500 miles, so if your shoes aren’t reaching a range of 500 miles, then it becomes imperative to replace them. Furthermore, the worn-outs may cause aches or pains in feet.
- Your Shoes Will Feel Flat
With time, everyday shoes you wear change its foam quality from soft to hard ( that resides under the shoes), which ends up making them feel flat, thin, and directly touched to the ground. If that’s the case, then the time comes when it needs to be replaced or repaired a bit.
- Lose The Balance
While walking, if you suddenly stumble, and your foot turns down. Then, it means that you may have to check if your shoe soles have lost the balance.
Risks Of Lifeless Footwears
Here comes an important phrase in my mind, “excessive of anything is harmful.” So, the daily use of the same pair of shoes can not only harm the shoes themselves but also affects the feet as it can cause pain or aches in the feet.
Minneapolis podiatrist Paul Langer (clinical professor at the University of Minnesota) said: “A worn shoe can exaggerate the biomechanical faults you already have.” For example:
- Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
So, make sure your shoes are not a burden on your feet but a happy place for them to fit in. For this, check some tips in the next heading.
Tips To Make Your Shoes Last Longer
Here are some important tricks to make the shoes last for long:
1. Use Shoe Bags For “Longer-Run”
Whenever you return from work, make sure that you put your footwear back in their bags. For this, keep home shoes and work shoes separate, so you can make them go for a good one year, or so. The best thing is, you can sew a shoe bag at home, too – indeed, the most cost-effective way to save worn-out shoes.
2. Rotate Shoes To Know If They Need To Replace
It is an amazing trick as you can ditch a habit of walking into the same shoes with this little act. After wearing shoes for a few months, rotate (or replace) them with a newer one for the next few days to check if the quality of the old shoes is the same or not. By doing so, you can easily mend them for the next refined use. With this, you can avail the retailer’s offer of “buy one get one free.”
3. Make Them Slip-Resistant
Your healthy walk on slippery roads is dependent upon the condition of the shoes you are wearing, if they are uncomfortable to move in them, you will feel tiresome. Usually, your daily-used footwear loses slip-resistance with time. Still, you don’t have to buy a new pair of shoes. For this, use Silicone Shoe Covers; you just need to put it on the shoes you’re wearing before going out in the muddy, wet pathways. By doing so, you will not only protect shoes from getting slipped but yourself, too.
4. Clean Them Before Storing Them For Next Season
Not every footwear goes perfect for every season. So, rather than using shoes in seasons (for which they aren’t meant), secure them for later usage. Before storing them, make sure you have cleaned them deeply so that they wouldn’t get damaged in the coming months.
5. Polish The Footwear
Shoes polishes and shiners are available at every home. If you want your footwear beauty to last longer, you must polish them daily so they can get cleaned and shine more. Additionally, try and get a good quality shoe cleaner. According to Tuohy:
By having cheap polish, you can save your bucks, but you may lose your favorite shoes.
6. Stuff With Newspaper To Cure Bad Odor
Interestingly, you can use a newspaper to keep your lovely everyday shoes from getting aged. Make sure to stuff the paper into the footwear (especially the running shoes) and put them aside. It will lessen the bad odor, as well as can be used to dry shoes if they get wet. It will also allow you to run on tracks with ease as well.
7. Use Nail Polish/Remover To Remove Stains
Your worn-out colored leather left its place due to over-usage from some areas? Don’t panic; we can fix this small problem with a petite wonder, the nail polish. Just get a matching colored nail polish, dip a nail polish sleek brush into it, and run the brush over the concerned area to fix scrapes. Furthermore, you can use nail remover to remove excessive polish stains from the shoes.
8. Brush The Suede For “Long Live Shoes”
Taking care of suede shoes is a trickier task. Though, the stains are difficult to remove from these shoes—however, its not impossible. Therefore, you can make them live longer by doing a handy chore. For this:
- Erase the stains and dirt with a shoe stain eraser
- Brush the suede shoes gently
By doing so, you will definitely walk in your lovely suedes for a few extended years.
9. Use Of Water Repellent Spray To Remove Salt Stains
Take care of salt stains (which leave a mark on the shoes in case of rainfall) as quickly as possible and remove them at first. For this water repellent sprays are beneficial as waterproofing of the everyday shoes is mostly required in winter seasons due to wet weather and salty water. Furthermore, the sprays help to eliminate other elements from the shoes, too.
10. Protect The Soles And Extend Your Walk
Indeed, the shoe soles are the main area of the footwear and need to be looked after more often. As the soles take the effect of the daily foot beating over the land surface, so they must be protected from the bottom. For this, you can attach the heavy-duty tape (or transparent stickers) available at your home with the sole. Plus, you can find various sole protectors in the market for the purpose.
11. Use Shoe Trees or Shoe racks To Secure Them
Do you keep all pairs of shoes scattered and always making efforts to find others from the pair? If yes, then don’t let this happen from now on. Assemble the everyday footwear in shoe racks or hang them in pairs on the shoetrees. As Jim Kass of Allen Edmonds says:
12. Add Rubber Layer To The Sole
The rubber layer in the bottom of the shoes (under it) provides more comfiness and keep the feet safe from any harm. It will extend your shoe life too. Besides this, the rubber layers are easier to adjust and re-adjust by a cobbler. Indeed, it is another cost-effective yet feasible trick to increase shoe life.
Shoe Wear Patterns
Whenever you buy shoes, make sure they are according to your wearing patterns. For this, bring your best worn-out every time you are out to buy everyday shoes. The footwear bottom can better tell the shoe fit expert (or the sale person) what kind of pair of shoes you should buy as it indicates whether you are overpronated or supinated.
Buy Good Quality Shoes For Daily Wears
Quality of shoes matters a lot as it makes them last longer with you. However, you can find in-budget footwear that also is good in quality. The Owner of Cobblestone Shoe Repair in St. Louis, Lipson suggested:
- Don’t wash your shoes frequently because it can wilt the shoe stuff and may affect its durability.
- Don’t sponge or use hard clothe on the shoes to clean. It may reduce the shine and actual look of the footwear.
- Rinse the canvas shoes using your hand with fabric cleanser. However, if you try to wash them in a machine, then even a single gentle cycle can destroy the shoes. Beware!
We have elucidated plenty of tips and tricks with a few other important instructions, which, if you implement, will give your worn-outs a better-healthy life for the next few months (or maybe for years). Just make sure that you are taking good care of your shoes, so they last longer than their age.
Have a pleasant walk!