Running shoes are expensive pieces of high tech equipment. What traditionally where simple canvass uppers combined with a flat rubber sole are now marvels of engineering and design. That being said these tools for running have sky rocketed in price.
It is the aim of this article to save the runner some precious dollars by introducing some tips on prolonging the serviceable life of their shoes.
Limiting your usage of your $100 dollar running shoe is one of the best ways of prolonging them. Try to wear cheap shoes or rubber sandals while walking about casually. Running shoes are made for running and not for shopping at malls.
Try to avoid drying them in the heat of the sun. The construction of modern running shoes make them very impervious to moisture and rain but terrible at washing and drying. The baking effects of the hot sun will make any shoe break down so much faster. So it’s best to have them dry at a well lighted and ventilated place like your garage on a sunny afternoon.
Limiting washing sessions will prolong your running shoes’ life even more. To keep it hygienic, allow the shoe to breathe by taking out the inner liner and exposing it to air. Make sure that the laces are loose to allow all moisture to escape.
Making sure that the shoes are stored in a ventilated area is key to maintaining its cushioning and flexibility. Having moist shoes stored at the trunk of a car receiving strong sunlight is very damaging to the shoe.
Manually clean your shoes. A great advice if you want to clean a dirty shoe is to avoid dipping it in water. Wash sections at a time with a toothbrush minimizing its exposure to water. A wet dry cycle breaks down leather and the space grade foams that shoes now come with.
Lastly, getting an alternate shoe will make both last for a while. The compression effects that the cushioning parts of the shoe go through flattens the sole. If they are allowed to “bounce” back into to shape for 24 to 48 hours they will last much longer.
These items are investments toward your health. Taking care of them will mean a great deal of savings in the long run. Instead of having to change shoes every 300 miles, two well maintained ones might give you a total of 1000 miles.