Do you wear the same pair of shoes every day? If so, it’s time for a change.
We’re not saying that to be fashion snobs: Rotating your shoes can make them last longer, and it might also be better for your feet, experts say.
Take shoes that have cushioning, such as running sneakers, for instance.
“A lot of shoes have cushioning built into them, usually some sort of open-cell compression material,” Dr. James Christina, CEO of the American Podiatric Medical Association, told TODAY.
But when you run, the cushioning flattens out, and it takes some time for the cushion to get back to its pre-squished state. He suggests buying two pairs of the same shoes, if you can, and alternating them.
Another reason you might want to rotate your shoes? Sweat. Our feet sweat throughout the day, and shoes soak it up, according to a recent Business Insider article. One expert told the website that means shoes need time to dry before you wear them again.
But while it’s true that our feet sweat, you’d have to be sweating a lot for your shoe to need to air out for longer than overnight, Christina said. If they’re truly soaked, then yes, let the shoes dry before wearing them again.
“In general, it’s not a bad idea to alternate shoes if they’re moist,” he said. “It helps to inhibit fungus.”
(For the record: If your foot sweat really is out of control, try a pair of moisture-wicking socks.)