Do People Repair Shoes Anymore or Just Throw Them AwayBack then, shoes are too expensive that only the wealthiest members of the society can afford them. These days, there are different types of shoes available and they are made from various materials. Some of them can be very cheap (it’s true! Just take a look at the recommendations at ShoeRatings.co.uk). Hence, people are no longer concerned about having them repaired. Once their old shoes are worn out, they would throw them away and buy a new pair.

Of course, this is not true in all instances. There are those who still prefer repairing their shoes especially if they can still be salvaged. If you are confused on whether or not the shoes have to be thrown or repaired, here are some ideas to take note of.

Athletic shoes

These are the most damaged shoes of all. They are used more often. They easily wear down due to the nature in which they are used. They also suffer from bigger pressure than walking shoes. When running for instance, you put on thrice your body weight on the shoes. In basketball or other sports, the pressure is at least 7 times your body weight.

This means that athletic shoes have to be replaced often. The general rule is to have them replaced every 300-500 miles of use. This varies depending on your body weight and frequency of use.

Due to the severity of use, these shoes usually end up being damaged beyond repair. The moment they start to show deep wrinkles, they are already gradually damaged. With constant exposure to the sun or if you run in a moist area, the shoes break down even faster.

Casual shoes

These shoes generally have longer life. You don’t use them for intense physical activities. If used for 3-4 times a week just for walking, they may last for about a year. Check the shoes for scuffed heels or flat spots located on the outer sole. The good thing is that these issues can be replaced. Once you have replaced the damaged parts, the footwear will look as good as new. If these shoes have been used for a long time and you are no longer comfortable using them, it might be time for you to throw them away.

Leather shoes

Quality leather is expected to last for a long time. With proper use and re-heeling, these shoes may last for even up to 15 years. This is also why they are some of the most expensive shoes in the world. They are the kind that you obviously don’t want to toss aside no matter how long you have been using them. Leather resoling costs $30-50 only. Once this is done on your shoes, they will look brand new again. Make sure to have the shoes regularly cleaned and polished. Don’t let the leather harden. If it does, it will start to crack. This becomes costlier to fix. Worse, the damage may already be beyond economical repair.

High heels

These shoes are easily damaged. This is due to the amount of weight placed on the heels. As a result, they wear down faster compared with flat shoes. As soon as you notice that the sole has already worn down, considering resoling. If it looks severely damaged, replacement might be necessary.

Sandals and slippers

The upper part of sandals and slippers bear too much stress especially if used frequently. They have a shorter life span in general. The good thing is that the broken straps can be easily replaced, unless they are an expensive brand. It means, it might not be economical to just repair the straps. The entire sandals have to be thrown away and replaced with a new one.

Your choice

In the end, you have to decide whether or not to throw away your worn out shoes. Always consider the price of a new pair of shoes before going for a repair. If the price of the new shoes is not that expensive relative to the repair cost, buy a new pair instead. Make sure that you don’t put too much pressure on the footwear to avoid wearing them out.

In the event that you decide to just buy a new pair but you think the old shoes are still useful, donate them to charity. There are organizations that will make those shoes look new again. A lot of underprivileged people could benefit from your donations.

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