When Should You Replace Your Shoes?
Whether you are a marathon runner or someone who only takes a walk once a week, it is highly important to take care of your feet and often that starts with your shoes. As a general rule of thumb, shoes should typically be replaced every 300-500 miles, or about every 8 months. However, there are some signs you should look out for that may mean you need to replace them sooner.
Replacing Children’s Shoes
Did you know that improperly fitting shoes can actually increase your child’s risk of bunion formation and other foot deformities later in life? When it comes to replacing your child’s footwear, we recommend ignoring the “mileage” rule and paying close attention to how the shoe fits. Children’s feet typically grow faster than shoes wear out, making it important to replace them even if they still look good as new.
According to FittingChildrenShoes.com children between the ages of 1 and 3 should have their shoes replaced 3 times a year. For kids between the ages of 4 and 6, they can outgrow their shoes every 4 1/2-5 months. For 7-10 year olds, head to the shoe store every 5 months. Once kids reach age 11 – 17 replace their shoes every 6 months. These are obviously rough guidelines as kids do have growth spurts that could alter the timelines provided.
Replacing Adult Shoes
Although our feet stop growing eventually, it is still highly important to purchase new shoes every so often. As mentioned above, you should replace most shoes around 300-500 “miles”, however, if you notice that your shoe has become worn at all, is falling apart or even that the soles are becoming thin, it is best to replace them sooner. For runners, every six months regardless of miles, is a good guideline to follow. After that, the ability to absorb shock decreases and the risk of injury increases.
Shoe comfort is another big thing to look out for, if you notice any discomfort or pain while walking, running, exercising, etc. it is best to go shopping for a new pair . According to WebMD shoes should never hurt your feet, in the event they do, replace them immediately.
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