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Shoe Losing Its Cushioning and Support


Updated September 22, 2012

The shoe on the left has endured about 350 miles of walking -- about 770,000 steps! This is leading to loss of cushioning.
Shoe Heel Compression

Shoe Heel Compression

Photo © Wendy Bumgardner
Wrinkles are developing in the indented area in the heel of the shoe on the left. This is a sign that the shoe isn't springing back from the compression it cushions with each step. The shoe is aging and losing its ability to cushion and support. If the walker was switching back and forth from wearing the older shoe to wearing a fresh pair of shoes, she could probably feel the difference in cushioning.

It is recommended that walkers and runners replace their shoes every 350 to 500 miles. Heavier walkers will likely need to replace their shoes more often.

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