Taking Care of the Athletic Shoes

You finally have the athletic shoes you’ve always wanted. They cost you a fortune, so you want to make sure that they will last for long before you can think of buying another pair. Unfortunately, you just don’t know how to take care of your new athletic shoes. Rest easy, here’s how.

Wear the Shoes Only When You Have To

Resisting the urge to put on your athletic footwear to school can be hard. After all, the pair could be the most comfortable pair in your shoe rack. Try the best you can to resist the urge. Just don’t wear the shoes for anything else other than working out, jogging or running. Even if you’re just strolling around, you’re still wearing out the cushioning.

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Take Your Shoes Off Properly

Put them on too properly. It’s tempting to take your shoes off without undoing the laces especially when you are in a hurry. Always loosen the laces before putting the shoes on or taking them off.

Dry Your Shoes Properly

Your shoes will get wet every once in a while. You may run on wet surfaces or take part in steeplechase and triathlon races where you can’t help but have your shoes wet at the end of the event.  Wash the shoes well after that but don’t put them on direct heat like on a radiator. Such heat will only dry out the leather and other materials in the shoes. To dry your athletic shoes well, loosen the laces, take their insoles out and let them air dry. Remember to keep them off from direct heat or rather sunlight. To accelerate the drying process, crumple up tissue paper or newspaper and put them inside the shoes as they dry.

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Alternate Shoes

Have more than one pair if you work out every day. Rotate between the pairs. Your athletic footwear will last longer each time you give them a day to dry out and decompress between work outs.

Store Your Shoes Properly.

There are places your shoes should never be kept; like in a hot trunk or in a gym bag. Always store your shoes in a cool dry place where they can air out with ease. Speaking of hot trunks and cars, avoid driving in your athletic footwear. You’ll only wear out the tip of your shoes.

Do Not Put Your Athletic Footwear in a Washing Machine

Washing your shoes can be tiring. However, that is not a ticket for you to throw them in the washing machine. Roll up your sleeves and the get the following:

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  • Cold water
  • Mild soap
  • Scrub

Scrub off the dirt from your shoes gently then let them air dry. Don’t put them on unless they are completely dry. Avoid using strong detergents to wash the shoes. They may make your shoes look clean but in the end, they will reduce the lifespan of your athletic shoes.

Make Use of Your Shoe Rack

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There’s a reason why you have the shoe rack in the first place. Well, even if you don’t, at least there is a section in your wardrobe meant for your shoes. Don’t pile up shoes on other shoes. Men seem to have a problem with this, which is why mens athletic shoes don’t last as long as womens athletic shoes do.

Unless you are a kid, taking care of your athletic footwear should be easy. This is not to say that kids athletic shoes don’t need special care, just that an adult should really help them take care of their shoes. At the end of the day, you want to work out in good shoes. They could be dansko professional or any other brand. Take care of them well and you’ll have nothing to lose but everything to gain.