Treat Your Feet
When you are training nearly every day…and working up a sweat while you’re at it. For a variety of reasons you probably don’t wear the same socks, shirt, and shorts/tights every day. The same applies to your shoes.
- Let them dry out between uses. They will last longer and be less likely to harbor fungi.
- Let them air out between uses. Keep the odor in check.
- Use running shoes for running, cross training shoes for cross training, and trail shoes for trails. Shoes are tools for your feet…use the right tool for the job.
- A variety of shoes will foster strong and adaptable feet. Keep your feet guessing by mixing it up.
Most importantly, wear the shoes that you are most comfortable in. If you love a pair…get a duplicate pair and set them pair aside. I hate finding shoes that I love and then discovering that they were discontinued when it’s time for replacements. If you are a minimalist runner, go with that in all of your shoe types. The same goes for those of you that prefer a more substantial heel to toe drop and/or more cushioning.
I get most of my shoes on sale at LeftlaneSports.com. They are usually about 50% off, which is great, because I go through them pretty fast. This link will give you a $10 credit on your first purchase. It’s always a good idea to try before you buy for accurate sizing, though. Returns on online purchases can be a hassle.
Your shoes matter…treat them well so that they treat you well.