Still using the same shoes you wore all day to go to the gym? Do you wear your weekday shoes on the weekend as well?
This is not healthy practice and I’ll tell you why.
Rotating your shoes will be one of the best things you can do.
And in this article I’m going to go over why you should rotate your shoes for different activities.
What does it mean to “rotate your shoes”?
When I say “these shoes should be apart of your rotation”, it means keep them on the side and use them once in a while.
Lets say you have shoes for the gym, for work, and for casual.
That’s pretty normal, nothing spectacular as most people do this.
However, how about having 2 – 3 pairs for each activity, maybe more.
For example: If you go to the gym 3x a week and you have 3 gym shoes, use one pair for each workout.
If you work 5x a week, have 5 pairs of work shoes.
Trust me, it’s a viable solution that pays off in the long run.
There are many reasons to purchase multiple shoes and I will explain why in detail below.
1. It gives then enough time to air out
Our feet have 250,000 sweat glands that perspirate about a half a pint of sweat per day.
Now imagine wearing that same shoe every single day for all your activities
That is a lot of sweat to go into one shoe.
You’re wearing it everyday which is not enough time to air out.
Basically, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria and other fungi.
2. They last longer
Because you’re wearing one pair of shoes once or twice a week, you are expanding the life span while giving it adequate time to air out.
You sweat less in them, they keep their cushioning for longer, they keep grip for longer, and more.
A $100 pair of shoes may last a couple years if you go this route.
Sure it’ll suck at the beginning when you’re buying lots of shoes, especially if you only have 1 or 2 pairs in your rotation, but it’s an investment that pays off.
3. They hold performance for longer
I’ll use running shoes as an example here.
When you run, the midsole compresses down and holds that compression for a long time.
The next day it’ll still be compressed down, meaning you’ll continue to crush it and decrease its performance faster.
Rotating your shoes will give it enough time to decompress and ensure they are fresh every time you wear them.
4. They encourage your muscles to work differently
Multiple studies that proven that different offset encourages muscle growth.
It forces your muscles to work in conjunction with each other by adapting to the newer shoe.
Too many people get caught up in shoe offset, trying to get the right amount of drop for their arch.
But this limits your abilities and results in repetitive stress on joints, ligaments, bones, tendons.
Your muscles and Central Nervous System already knows what it is, so you’re not going to get as good of a workout as you could be.
Rotating the offset is a great way to force your body to work in new ways and keep you fresher for longer because it’s not always doing the same repetitive movements.
However, keep in mind that if you are new to running, you should stick with the same offset until you’ve been training for at least a year.
This will strengthen all your joints, muscles and bones and get them ready for the new movement pattern.
5. They don’t become old news
Lets face it:
Your shoes may be cool and gets lots of looks from others.
But if you’re wearing the same old shoes to the gym every single day, they won’t be as cool anymore.
They’ll be old news.
Keeping your kicks fresh will keep you looking brand new.
And there’s just something awesome about having the best shoes in the gym, lol.
Frequently asked questions
Okay, so now that we have the reasons out of the way, it’s time to look at how you can implement rotation into your life.
How many pairs should you have?
You should rotate at least every other day.
If you are a runner and run every single day, you need at least 2 pairs of running shoes.
Of course the more shoes in your rotation the better.
But at the very minimum you should have at least 2.
2 work boots, 2 gym shoes, 2 casual shoes, 2 formal shoes, etc.
Rotate those every other day and then slowly add more into your rotation.
Do you HAVE to rotate shoes?
It’s not mandatory, you don’t absolutely have to.
But as I mentioned in this article, there are too many reasons not to.
Rotating shoes is far better than using the same pair over and over again and getting bacteria buildup.
What happens if you wear the same shoe everyday?
Well it’s simple.
The shoe is still damp from the day before.
When you put on a damp shoe, it’s going to shift and warp from its original shape and start to lose performance much quicker.
Do they last longer if rotated?
That’s a given.
You’re wearing them less often, giving them ample time to dry.
Once they have dried, they return to their original shape, ready to tackle another day.
Shoes that last 1 year with everyday use can probably last double that time!
Well there you have it, 5 reasons you NEED to rotate your shoes.
That’s if you can afford it, of course.
It might cost a bit at the start because you are purchasing all these shoes, but it pays off in the long run.
Lets recap on the most important points:
- They last much longer since you’re not using them as often
- They have enough time to air out, eliminating bacteria and fungus buildup
- They hold performance for longer
- It’s healthier for your body as it’s not put under Repetitive Stress Syndrome
- You always look fresh with a different pair of shoes
And that concludes this article. I hope you enjoyed it.
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Otherwise thanks for reading and have a great day!