• Make Your Shoes Last

    on Oct 27th, 2017

Shoes are an integral part of our everyday lives. Many people have more than one pair of shoes. Shoes range from running shoes to casual shoes and work shoes. There are many different styles too. Flats, heels, loafers, boots, clogs, sneakers, and many other types of shoes exist. One commonality is all shoes can be very pricey. As such, many people want to find ways to hold onto their shoes as long as they possibly can. Podiatrists recommend changing shoes out every 3-6 months depending on their use. Here are some tips and tricks on how to extend the life of your shoes and how to keep a little more cash in your pocket.

  1. Keep shoes in a cool dry place. Make sure there is no direct sunlight or heaters nearby. Heat softens the glue om the shoes causing them to fall apart more quickly. Heat also causes the midsole to flatten. When it flattens it prevents the shoe from providing proper arch support. Lastly, heat can cause shoes to lose shape and curl.
  2. Keep your shoes dry. When your shoes get wet it can cause irreparable damage. Moisture is a breeding ground for athlete’s foot and fungus. If your shoes get wet loosen the laces, take out the insoles and open up the tongue. Use newspaper to stuff the shoes to absorb moisture. Foot powder is also useful to help dry out the shoes. Be sure they are completely dry before their next use.
  3. Clean your shoes often. Use mild soap and a soft brush when cleaning shoes. Cold water works best. Allow shoes to air dry completely before use.
  4. Rotate your shoes. That way you put miles on shoes over a longer period of time. Each pair should get a break so that they ear evenly. The newer pair will be a good marker as to whether or not it is time to replace the first pair that you used.

Are you going through shoes constantly? Are they wearing unevenly and causing you pain? It may be time to consult a podiatrist to see if the type of shoes you are buying are right for your feet. Buckeye Foot Care, located in Brook Park, Willoughby, Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio, has highly trained staff that can help you get the right pair of shoes. Dr. Howard M. Kimmel is a highly reputable podiatrist who has many years of experience in helping patients pick the right shoe for their feet. Call 440-367-8773 or make an appointment online today to get the shoes your feet deserve.

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