It’s widely known that walking regularly is great for your overall health and well-being, but did you know it’s just as important to take care of your walking shoes? Your walking shoes protect and take care of your feet. Not only that, walking shoes can be quite expensive to replace. So it’s ideal to learn a few tips on how to take care of and extend the life of your shoes. There are several important care tips to follow that will help to you maintain and take care of your shoes properly including:
- When to use your walking shoes
- How to clean your walking shoes
- Where to Store your walking shoes
- Reducing walking shoe odor
When To Use Your Walking Shoes
Walking shoes are meant for exercise walking only. You should only use your shoes for that purpose. Do not wear your shoes all day long, doing so will help deteriorate them faster. Also, if the shoes are overly exposed to foot moisture and bacteria they will break down at much quicker rate. Be sure to only wear your shoes in short periods up to four hours at a time. After wearing your walking shoes it is important to store them in a dry area where they can dry out properly.
How To Clean Your Shoes
Clean your shoes once a week or as needed. The most important rule to remember is not to put your walking shoes in the washer and dryer this will cause serious damage to the shoes themselves. To properly clean your walking shoes use an old toothbrush or a soft bristle brush with a mild soap. You can also remove the insole and wash that as well. Do not soak your shoes with water when rinsing. A little water goes a long way. After washing and rinsing your walking shoes place them in a dry area or in front of a fan to dry.
Where To Store Your Walking Shoes
When your shoes are not being used for exercise they should be stored properly to maintain their lifespan. Walking shoes should be in an area that has a moderate temperature and is breathable for the shoes. Do not leave your shoes in a backpack or any closed container. A good aerated room will allow your shoes to dry out between uses and help eliminate odors. A great place to store your shoes is on a shoe rack or in a mud room.
Reducing Walking Shoe Odor
Properly storing and washing your shoes will greatly reduce odor, mildew and bacteria. Also keep in mind that you should always wear socks with your walking shoes and never put your shoes on while your feet are still wet. Moisture is the biggest culprit in shoe odor. That is why it is important to store your shoes in an open, dry area. If needed it is okay to replace the insoles when odor becomes overpowering. You can also try shoe deodorizers or sprinkle baking soda into your walking shoes to help with odor, however, be wary of adding harsh chemicals to your shoes that may damage them.
By using your shoes properly, cleaning them as needed, safely storing them and reducing odors you can increase the lifespan of your walking shoes. None of these care tips are hard or require a significant amount of time to accomplish. It’s important to know shoe care will keep your feet healthy and happy. I highly recommend you use these tips. If you have further questions about shoe care you can review your walking shoes manufacturer for further guidance and care tips.