A very popular question we get asked at Schuler Shoes is whether or not it’s ok to wear the same shoes every day. Dan Husom and Morynn Marx, father/daughter and Board Certified Pedorthists (CPeds) at our Maple Grove and St. Cloud stores, weigh in.
The Importance of Footwear Rotation
When it comes to how often you should wear your favorite pair of footwear, Dan recommends trying to rotate every other day. This not only extends the life of the shoes, but it’s best for your feet.
“The repetitive stresses of wearing the same shoes day after day, hour after hour, can eventually make us uncomfortable. Rotating in a different style gives the foot and leg muscles a chance to rest by engaging different muscles. Just make sure that whatever shoes you choose fit properly, not squeezing any toes and allowing for active toe motion. ”
For those that get really sore feet, changing your shoes as often as twice a day can also make a difference.
“Changing your shoes during a lunch break or a shift can offer some relief. It’s like giving your feet a fresh start because they’re able to start working a different stress pattern,” says Morynn.
Bonus: rotating your shoes not only slows the breakdown process, but also allows them to dry out (yes, your feet sweat—even if you don’t notice). To dry properly, Morynn suggests giving your shoes a full 24-hours of rest.
When To Replace Your Favorite Pair
If having two pairs of shoes to rotate is not an option, make sure you are replacing at the first sign of breakdown. Here are some of the tell-tale signs it’s time to switch up:
- Wear patterns: Check out the sole of your shoe. Usually, the first spot to wear down is the outside heel.
- Listen to your feet and body: If your shoes are no longer properly supporting your body, chances are your feet, legs and back are going to hurt.
- Note your shoe’s structure: Softer, more cushioned shoes will break down faster, while a harder, more structured shoe will take longer to breakdown.
Think its time to switch it up or replace worn out footwear? Please visit any of our nine neighborhood locations. Need an advanced appointment with a CPed? Click here to schedule your free appointment.