How Often Should You Replace Your Shoes?

How Often Should You Replace Your Shoes?

While shoes are truly amazing, they are subject to age, wear and tear like any other item used by man and as such, need to be replaced from time to time. The question then arises of how often these shoes should be replaced.

We all know of that pair of shoes, usually owned by an older person that was made before we were born and somehow are still being used to this day.

Some people recycle shoes with each new fashion season why other keep their shoes until it is impossible to put them on anymore. To answer the question of how often shoes should be replaced, some things must be taken into consideration.

  1.       Material:  It is no secret that certain materials are more sturdy than others and thus, shoes’ lifespans are affected by the materials they are made out of.

If your shoes are made of faux leather and thus, will need to be replaced within a year to eighteen months. However, if your shoes are made of genuine leather, they can last up to five years.

  1.       Amount (or lack of) use: Of course, the biggest determinant of when shoes should be replaced is how much they are used.

If a pair of shoes is worn on a near daily basis, they will wear out rather quickly and will need to be replaced on time. On the other hand, if a pair of shoes is rarely worn, they will wear out in much less time and can be kept for longer, especially if they are well preserved.

However, not wearing a pair of shoes at all can cause the material to lose its structure with time. If a pair of shoes is to be preserved for a significant amount of time, they should be kept in an airtight container with a foot model inside to retain the natural structure.

  1.       Damage: While certain damages on shoes can be fixed by a cobbler, shoes should be replaced if they have repeatedly gotten damaged or if the damage in question makes the shoe uncomfortable to wear.

All extreme situations aside, the average pair of shoes should be replaced every three years.