When Should You Replace the Soles of Your Shoes?

Your favorite pair of shoes. They’ve stood by you, or at least underneath you, through thick and thin. So you can’t just toss them out like last week’s leftovers at the first sign of trouble! If you know when to repair them, they’ll be around for years to come. Here’s the scoop, courtesy of Real Simple magazine.

  • For LEATHER soles. Take your shoes off and check how thin the sole is at the ball of your foot. According to the Shoe Service Institute of America, you want to replace the soles when that spot is soft and has more give than the sides.  Also, if you feel pebbles or debris through the bottoms of your shoes when you walk, time to resole. And you can keep doing this until you get tired of the shoes.
  • Rubber soles. This one’s easy - replace them when they start to lose their grip or traction.
  • When it comes to Athletic shoes. Sneaker soles can’t be replaced, so throw away running and walking shoes after about 400 miles of use – and toss your cross-trainers after a year. Otherwise than can start doing damage to your feet.
  • Those hiking boots. They should last 5 to 10 years. But when you notice heavy wear on the heels and under the balls of the feet, take the shoe to a repair shop and get the treads

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