Shoe Retirement 

It’s a sad, sad day in the Dailey household. Today I’m retiring two pairs of shoes; my Nike Structure’s from every day life and my Free’s from running.

My Free’s aren’t at the point where my legs are getting super sore or tired after running or causing injuries, but I’m starting to wear out the bottom of the shoe at the ball of my foot, and that’s a pretty good indicator that they’re on their way out.

Haha I’m actually really bad about wearing shoes/socks/slippers out like that. For some reason I always end up with holes right at the balls of my feet. That’s exactly why my Structure’s are done.

I’ve definitely worn out my Nike Structure’s

So now my Free’s are going to be my everyday shoes and I guess I’m going to try to donate the Structure’s. I’m not sure if anyone will take them because they’re in pretty bad shape, but it won’t hurt to try.

I’m kinda sad that my Free’s running days have come to an end. At this point in my life they’re my favorite shoes to run in and this was my second pair. On the bright side, they’re soooo much more comfortable than the Structure’s, so now I have a pair of comfy everyday shoes.

Down side, now I only have my Lunar Glides to run in and they’re not as fun. Luckily they aren’t too bad though, and I’ll be good to run in them exclusively for a while.I just really prefer the Free’s. Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Where do your shoes tend to wear down first? 

When you retire a pair of running shoes to you get rid of them right away, or do you continue wearing them for non running activities? 

What’s your favorite type of shoe? 

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8 thoughts on “Shoe Retirement 

  1. statomattic

    Oh wow, those shoes are torched! Definitely time to replace them.

    I always keep a rotation of two sets of running shoes. The newest pair is the pair I wear in good weather and for races, and the other pair are my “rain shoes,” which I don’t mind getting wet and muddy. If I get a new pair, my race shoes become my rain shoes and then the old rain shoes get retired.

    My worst shoe experience during a race was last year when I ran the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. It was a rainy day in Louisville, so I wore my older “rain shoes.” Bad decision. Right around Mile 22, the insole in my right shoe came unglued! I had to finish the final four miles in the rain with a shoe with essentially no insole. Somehow, I still managed my 2nd-fastest marathon time (out of 11) that day. I have no idea how that happened. Moral of the story: Wear your best shoes on race day no matter what!

    My shoe of choice is the Saucony Guide, but which type of shoe is best for you is something that varies from person to person depending on your gait, how many miles you run, etc… If there’s a good running store near you, they’ll even analyze your stride on a treadmill and then bring out several shoes to try on that they think might suit you. I recommend trying that if you haven’t doen it before.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Yup, yup, yup, they’re in REALLY bad shape lol. Huh, that’s a really good idea! Whenever I rotate my shoes, I just wear them every other day. That way they have a chance to dry out completely before I wear them again (haha my feet sweat A LOT).
      Oh man! That does sound like a pretty bad situation! Way to rise above it though!! 🙂
      At this point I’ve only ever worn Nike’s but I’ve heard really good things about Saucony! Yeah, I probably need to get fitted for shoes, but I’m actually super happy with the Free’s. I just need a new pair. 😉 Honestly though, I think I’d be super happy with any kind of minimalistic shoe. They seem to feel and work the best for me.

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  2. TrekkieLianne

    I’ve always worn my shoes out on the outer sides, but I buy new running shoes every year so they don’t get a chance to wear out. Luckily my husband has the same size feet as I do, so they become his lawn mowing shoes most of the time (provided the color is not too garish). Nowadays I run in Hoka One One Conquest when I want maximum cushion and in Saucony Kinvara when I go minimalist (all of which depend on distance and my ache/pain scale at the time). I almost want to kiss my shoes goodbye at the end of a year! We were such buddies and went all kinds of places together LOL

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      That sounds like a really good system you guys have going! I totally feel you! After going through so much together I feel super attached to my shoes lol. 😉

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  3. nannygrannie

    Once my shoes are worn like this I wear them day to day, in the garden, etc. OK I’m a shoe hoarder 😁 I need new runners too- far too many miles on mine! I think I’ll get 2 pairs, one for running outdoors and one for tennis, volleyball etc.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Haha getting rid of shoes can be super hard! Sounds like a good plan to me! I like to have a pair of shoes that are exclusively for running, and then a pair for everything else. 😄

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  4. Susan

    I tend to wear out the back outside left part of the heal. I replace my shoes every 700 km so I’ve never worn them out like yours! Hahaha! The body looks so new when I retire tgem, they just have no cushion power and I feel it in my knees. I can’t throw them away as they look so new😄. They become my walking dhoes, then my inside workout shoes, then lawn cutting shoes!

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Haha well, I never run in those shoes, they were my everyday shoes. So honestly I’m not sure how I accomplished that. I know what you mean, though! I’m definitely not throwing away my Free’s yet! Aside from the bottoms wearing out at the balls of my feet, they’re still in pretty good shape! 😄

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