Wipe Your Shoes- This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people do not wipe their shoes off when they come inside. When you fail to wipe them on a doormat, the excess dirt, rocks and dust build up on the bottom. Over time, these particles wear down the rubber on the bottom of your shoes.
Lace 'em Up- Most shoes were designed to be laced up firmly when worn. Obviously we want to make sure they aren’t too tight, but a well-tied shoe can increase its life span. When you fail to tie the shoe firmly it causes your foot to shift around in the shoe. All of this movement causes the stitching and the soul to wear and eventually break. It can also cause the plastic in the heel to bend or crack.
Tie and Untie- We have all done it. We leave our shoes tied and slip them on and off. This, unfortunately, really wears on the toe and the heel of the shoe. When we shove our foot into the shoe it causes the plastic in the heel to bend and excess force to be pushed onto the toe stitching. Try to tie and untie your shoes every time you put them on and take them off.
2 Pairs- Having an extra pair of shoes for the outdoors or sports related activities will save you money in the long run. Plus, your sports shoes will break in properly for maximum flexibility and athletic feel (we only want to see you dominate in your rec basketball league).
Socks are Saviors- The right kind of socks are also crucial to your shoe life. When performing high movement or athletic activities make sure you are wearing a decent cotton or athletic sock. These kinds of socks allow for more flexibility and movement in shoe and they reduce the effects of friction. Save your shoe’s soul! Wear good socks!
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