The 6 No-Nonsense Basics. (Your wallet will be happy as well…)
You wouldn’t believe how often shoes simply get thrown into a closet (guilty!), left buried in a bag or even forgotten outside after a run.
We are as bad as everyone else, but when we came across the 6 tips you’ll find here it did focus the mind a little. (Don’t know how long that will last, though. We’ll try!)
It’s basically things we must’ve known already, but just never actually took any notice of – to the detriment of the longevity of our shoes. (…even if they pretend to be indestructible trail heroes)
Wether you run with the most basic and minimalist of trail slacks, or a more sturdy variant: these tips will make them last (at least a bit) longer.
#1 Wear your running shoes only for exercise.
Although they may be your most comfortable pair of shoes, don’t wear your running shoes for anything other than running or working out. Even if you’re just walking around, you’re still wearing out the cushioning.
#2 Take them on and off properly.
When you’re in a rush, it’s tempting to try to take your running shoes on and off without undoing the laces. Make sure you loosen the laces before you put your shoes on and take them off.
#3 Dry your wet shoes properly.
If your shoes get wet, don’t put them on direct heat, like on a radiator. Heat dries out the leather and other materials in the shoes. To dry your running shoes properly, loosen the laces, take out the insoles, and let them air dry, away from direct heat. To help them dry faster, you can put crumpled-up newspaper inside of them.
#4 Alternate shoes.
If you run almost every day, it’s beneficial to rotate two pairs of running shoes. Your shoes will last longer when you give them a day or two to decompress and dry out between workouts.
#5 Store your shoes properly.
Keep your shoes in a cool, dry place where they can air out properly. Don’t leave them in places like a gym bag or a hot trunk.
#6 Don’t put them in the washing machine.
If you need to clean your shoes, use a scrub brush, mild soap, and cold water, and then let them air dry.
Source: Christine Luff.