Do you have a favorite pair of running shoes or workout shoes? It’s always good to have a pair that you like, but are they too well loved? Even the best shoes, sadly have their expiration date. Spring is the perfect time to clean out your closet and update your shoes!

How long do workout or running shoes last?

Much like most things, your active shoes should be about quality over quantity. It’s better to have one good pair that you can count on. Regardless of the shoe designer or manufacturer, studies show that over time shoes lose their compression capabilities. This means that after a period of time they lose their shock absorption.

How long do work shoes last?

Maybe you’re wondering about your work shoes or work boots, they have a lifespan of their own. Typically, if you can see that the shoe is worn out with holes, damaged fabric, or if the tread on the bottom of the shoe is completely worn down, these are obvious signs that it’s time for a new pair of work shoes or work boots. If you spend an extended period of time on your feet at work, adding MEGAComfort insoles will improve the life span of your work shoes.

Activities Matter

For your active shoes, not all exercise is created equal. You put more pressure on your body and feet when you do HIIT (high intensity interval training), and running, than you do when you are simple walking. Exercise or activity that has you jumping or putting a tremendous number of miles on your footwear, will reduce shock absorption in your shoes faster.

If you enjoy walking, working out with weights, or moderately active workout routines then your shoes can last longer.

Signs Your Shoes Need to be Replaced

The easiest way to know if your shoes have reached their expiration date is by a simple visual inspection. It’s important to look at the bottom of the shoe to make sure it has its original tread. However, you also want to look at the areas that wear out much faster, such as the midsole. You can see the midsole when looking inside of the shoe. If the interior shows a lot of creasing, especially over the heel and ball of the foot then it’s time to get a new pair of shoes.

We suggest pressing on the bottom of the outside of the shoe, or outsole, and make sure the compression still works. If it doesn’t give a lot that means they are no longer helping you with shock absorption.

Finding the Right Fit

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Ok, it’s not really a secret but if you don’t know about it, then it’s about to change your foot care routine! When you buy a new pair of shoes, buy ½ a size up. No, we don’t want you to feel like you’re in clown shoes. We want to make sure you can comfortably replace the unsupportive insoles that come with your shoes, with MEGAComfort insoles. Those that wear orthotics or love insoles know that quality insoles require a little more room, and your feet will thank you for that extra breathing space.

Give Your Feet the Support They Need

The quality, material, and shock absorption your shoe provides is very important. Your feet support your entire body and proper foot care can remedy or prevent numerous foot diseases or body pains. Adding MEGAComfort insoles into your shoes not only extends the life of your new shoes, but they give your body the comfort and support it deserves.