That being said, I know how to take good care of my shoes so here is a list of some of my best tips and strategies that you can use to take care of your own shoes.
Shoes are a runner’s most important tool, unless of course that runner prefers running barefoot in which case shoes are an occasional annoyance. Most of us in the United States do not have strong enough feet to run barefoot all the time, though, so we rely upon our shoes to get from one place to another.
Here are my top 10 tips for making sure that you get the most out of your shoes:
- Keep your shoes dry by pulling the insoles out when you aren’t wearing them.
- Never put your shoes near extreme temperatures, especially heat.
- Remove rocks and mud from your shoes after your run so they don’t cake into a solid mass that you’ll have trouble removing before the next run.
- Dry your shoes out when they are sopping wet with paper or moving air.
- Rotate your shoe use so that you can prevent injuries and prolong the life of your shoes.
- Label your shoes to avoid mixing them up with other pairs.
- When choosing shoes, seek the help of an expert.
- When you find shoes that work for you, stick with them.
- Replacing the insoles in your running shoes can really help you, or really hurt you.
- Make sure that your shoes fit correctly when you buy them, and buy them from a reputable merchant that allows returns if you discover they aren’t the right pair for you.
Keeping your shoes dry and making sure that you have the right shoes can go a long way towards extending the life and the number of miles that your shoes will take you.