Do you know how to check your sneakers to see if you’re due for a new pair? I know I often forget to check my footwear for signs of wear and tear, and sometimes I don’t remember to replace them until I see signs of the heel lining wearing away (oops).
I wanted to share some tips with you on how you can check your sneakers to properly identify when they need to be replaced so you don’t end up wearing shoes that no longer fit & support you the way they should.
Most athletic footwear feature a rubber outsole for durability and traction. When your outsole starts to wear away and you see unevenness in your heels, you will know it is time to replace your sneakers. Some people will see more wear on the outside edge of their outsole, and others will see more wear on the inside edge of their outsole. This is the result of your gait and foot type. Just know that if either side of your outsole is more worn than the other, it is time for a new pair of sneaks!
The midsole of the sneaker is what gives it the cushioning and support that your foot needs to remain active and feeling good on your feet. Midsoles are typically made of materials called EVA or PU, which help to absorb shock while you’re involved in your activities. If you start to see creasing or compression in your midsoles, it is time to get a new pair of sneakers. If you allow your midsole to become too compressed, you risk the possibility of foot injuries due to strain or repetitive impact.
The heel counter in your sneakers helps to keep the heel in place and prevent excessive or unwanted motion inside the shoe. Heel counters should be firm and not easily bent if they are to offer proper support. If you squeeze the heel of your shoe and it feels soft or flexible, it is time to get a new set of athletic shoes.
Typically, athletic shoes should be replaced every 3-4 months, depending on frequency and type of use. If you’re using orthotics in your sneakers, be sure to check those for signs of wear as well. Orthotics should typically be replaced every 4 – 6 months, depending on frequency and type of use.