Sole-Lution Podiatry


Looking to make your shoes last longer. Here are just a few tips on how to take care of your shoes so you can get them most out of them.

Rotate your shoes. 

If you’re training for a longer race or putting in a lot of kilometres, consider rotating two pairs of shoes during the same season. This can extend the life of each pair of shoes and allow them time to recover after long runs (shoes need recovery days too). This can also be helpful to tailor the particular shoe for the type of run (i.e. one shoe may be better for long runs, while another is better for shorter, faster workouts). This is also a great way to slowly weave in a minimalist shoe if you are thinking of going this route (please do this very slowly and learn the technique before the mileage, please).

Not for Casual Wear

While your shoes may be comfortable enough to wear all day, it’s best to save them exclusively for running. If worn as a casual daily shoe, the cushioning materials will break down much faster, and you won’t get as many k’s out of them.

Clean and Dry Them Properly

Your running shoes won’t necessarily break down faster if they aren’t kept clean, but they certainly will if cleaned and dried improperly. As mentioned earlier, shoes don’t do well when exposed to high heat. Therefore, it’s important to let your running shoes air dry completely, as opposed to tossing them in the dryer or placing them near a heater vent.

Instead, to help with the drying process, remove the sock liner from your shoe and then stuff a few sheets of newspaper into the cavity to absorb moisture. If you don’t have access to a newspaper, tissue paper or coffee filters should do the trick. Or, you can take the easy route and choose from our selection of shoe care items.

Never put them in the washing machine

Some people are obsessive when it comes to the cleanliness of their shoes, but deep cleaning isn’t always necessary.

Many runners prefer to keep their shoes out of the washing machine and clean them by hand—if at all. If you absolutely must wash your shoes and don’t want to use the old rag-and-toothbrush method, the washing machine is permissible only if you use the cold cycle. Hot temperatures can damage the glues that are used to hold shoes together and will shorten their lifespan.

If you do wash your shoes, don’t put them in the dryer. The heat will damage the shoes

If you are having problems with pain in your lower legs and feet, don’t hesitate to call us on 9569 5145 or make a booking online and the team at Sole-Lution Podiatry will sort you out. We are located at 398 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, NSW, 2204.

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