Walking, working and running can be pretty hard on your shoes, but try standing all day long and see how great your foot wear performs after a few weeks. As with everything else, nothing on this planet lasts forever. Eventually, your shoes and boots are going to succumb to a broad range of elements.
From your working environment all the way to how long you actually remain on your feet, your shoes deteriorate bit by bit with every passing moment. I know you notice those small details that lead to reduced performance; but like most people, you choose to ignore them. After all, the shoe still looks great, doesn’t it?
While a badly worn shoe may still maintain some of its aesthetics, the truth is that its integrity flew out the window ages ago. With time, you’ll notice that your feet are getting achy, uncomfortable and more painful. Soon enough, you won’t even be able to stand for an hour due to excruciating corns and blisters all over your feet. If you detect any of the following signs and symptoms, then it’s time to buy some new shoes.
Signs that Your Old Standing Shoes Need Replacement
As expected, the outsoles of people who are on their feet all day long tend to get worn very fast. Thanks to bearing the full pressure of your weight day in day out, the treads wear down at a rapid rate. Not only is this very dangerous if you work in slippery terrain, but the uneven wear puts you at risk of developing severe foot issues. If you’ve had a pair for more than 2 months, you’re going to want to give the outsole a good look. Check to see if there are signs of any worn edges or cracks and tears on the heel.
Additionally, if you walk around and feel small stones and debris more than usual, that’s your sole saying goodbye right there. This is a sure fire sign that it’s time to buy some new work shoes. Depending on the construction of your shoes and if they can be re-soled, go for it. However, worn soles are usually the final kicks of a dying shoe. You my friend probably have much bigger problems to worry about.
This is without a doubt one of the most ignored symptoms that your old shoes are not doing their job. If you’re going to be on your feet for hours on end, then you’d think that cushioning would be pretty important. Unfortunately, most people overlook the loss of cushioning as long as the uppers and outsole are still functional. After virtually being on your feet for weeks, your weight alone is enough to compress the midsole and squeeze the cushioning right out.
Without a well cushioned insole, you put yourself directly at risk of issues like joint pains, body fatigue and more severe conditions such as plantar fasciitis. If your shoes are not feeling as plush, comfortable and bouncy as they were, they’ve probably outgrown their usefulness. You might as well go barefoot at this point. Make sure you go shopping for shoes with thicker and more resilient cushioning.
If you have to look up this symptom before you recognize it as a sign of decrepit foot wear, you need to see a doctor ASAP. In addition to being one of the worst feelings in the world, having cold, wet and soggy feet puts you at risk of illness and disease.
Sure, you might be able to cope with feeling utterly miserable all through the day (not to mention ruined socks), but I don’t care who you are, no one’s putting up with foot rot, athletes foot, pneumonia and fungus growth on their feet. You can try checking for sources of leaks that usually manifest as cracks, tears, and holes on the uppers and outsoles. However, some leaks are really microscopic and can be quite a nightmare to trace. But whatever the case may be, I definitely think it’s time to replace your water logged hogs.
General Wear and Tear
Sometimes, there really isn’t any major problem with your shoes. Some minor issues like frayed and broken laces are easily solved by replacing them. However, wear and tear problems like ripped stitches and broken eyelets may require a bit more investigation and repair.
If your work environment is very sensitive to even the slightest wear and tear, then it’s best to repair or replace the shoe entirely. For example, working in cold environments with a shoe that has a few rips in the uppers and tears in the soles means that the insulation and waterproof features have been rendered useless. So make sure you keep your shoes in the best conditions possible and attend to any wear and tear as soon as you spot it.