You have been jogging and gym-ming in those same pair of shoes for the longest time and you have started to realise that perhaps it’s time for you to look for a new pair.

As heartbreaking as the decision may be (hey, some of us do get emotionally attached to our shoes), if a fresh pair of sports shoes are a must, then you got to get out there and buy one. Look at it on the bright side. You get to go shopping for shoes!

So when is it time to retire that faithful pair of shoes? Here are some signs to look out for to make your decision once and for all.

#1 It’s Falling Apart

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The most obvious sign will be when you start seeing the bottom of your shoes fall out, your insoles getting nasty and bunching up, and bits and pieces of different parts of your shoes coming apart. When all of these things are happening at the same time, or simultaneously, it’s time to throw those shoes away. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you have to walk home barefooted because your running shoes decided to fall apart halfway through your workout session do you?

#2 Your Feet Feel Really Uncomfortable In Them

If your feet start getting rubbed raw or scraped when you work out in those shoes, then it’s time for them to go. Breaks your heart to do so? Well, then just think of how comfortable and awesome they were when you first got them and how that was the reason why you decided to buy them in the first place. Don’t let your skin start blistering and suffering before you discard them!

#3 The Bottom Of Your Feet Are Starting To Hurt After Each Run

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This point links back to the first one because when your shoes are starting to fall apart, one of the first things you will notice is that your soles and heels will start to bear the brunt of your thinning shoe base. It doesn’t matter if you are running or working out on concrete or soft rubber anymore because your shoes are not able to support your activities any longer. Time to get rid of them.

#4 Water Is Seeping Through

Yes, no matter how tough you think your sports shoes are, they are not indestructible. When the day comes when you start feeling moisture on your feet when you splash through puddles during a run, you know your shoes have developed holes in them for the water to get through and it is time to get a new pair.

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