Working It Out Together – Proper Clothing and Footwear

Winter is coming and so is the onslaught of snow, sand, salt, and slush!  How will my sneakers survive??  Well, the most important first step (pun intended) is to not wear your sneakers outside as much as practical.  Change into your sneakers once you’re in the club ready to workout.

The next step is to make sure your sneakers match your workout gear and clothing – kidding… kind of.   Lastly, inspect that your sneakers are still intact and providing the support you deserve.  Is your soul wearing out? Hope not!  What about the sneaker upper material?  Over time the sneakers can stretch allowing your foot to be subject to more rotational force.  Replace your sneakers when the time comes.

If you’re thinking green and want to help others, donate your gently worn sneakers to:

Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe Program collects worn-out athletic shoes of any brand, not just Nike.

They keep them out of landfills and recycle them into material used in sports surfaces such as basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks, and playgrounds for kids around the world. They also use the resulting “Nike Grind” in 71 percent of their products, such as in the fabric or the shoe upper or the zipper pull of a jacket. You can find a store location to drop off your shoe donation, usually at a Nike Factory Stores or Nike employee store.

Where to Donate Both Nearly-New or Used Shoes

One World Running is an international program promoting awareness of health, fitness, and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. They have drop-off locations and they receive shoes from shoe drives hosted by running clubs and Girl Scout troops. They send the near-new shoes overseas, while the others they give to Nike to be used in making the Nike Grind. (source:

Here’s an article from Shape and Destiny Magazines about getting the most from your sneakers:

Having to throw out a trusty pair of sneakers because of wear and tear can be a downer – here’s how to make sure your sneakers last in the long run:

If you’re a sneaker lover, then you’ll understand the bond one can have with each pair of sneakers you invest in. But not everything is built to last, and having to let go of one of your favorite pairs because they’re worn out can feel like a major loss.

However, there are ways to stretch the lifespan of your sneakers. Here’s how to make them go the extra mile.

Change the way you take them off
Believe it or not, there’s a proper way to take your shoes off. Stepping on the heel of your sneakers to remove them, having not undone the laces, reduces their lifespan. So rather take the extra two seconds to undo your laces before taking your shoes off to keep them from losing shape over time.

Don’t over-wear them
You know that favorite pair of sneakers you’re always wearing – the one all your friends are asking you to give a break? Over-wearing your sneakers is one of the quickest ways to wear them out, so be more conscious of alternating between your shoes.

Pack them away neatly
Many of us have a bad habit of chucking our sneakers at the bottom of the cupboard. Not only does this accelerate the rate at which they get dirty, but it decreases the lifespan of your shoes. Try to keep them in their boxes and place them side by side – it will pay off in the long run.

Newspaper technique
If you’re caught in a downpour, don’t leave your shoes out to dry. As soon as you get home, stuff your wet shoes with newspaper and leave them in a well-ventilated area. The newspaper quickly soaks up the moisture and dries your shoes. Never use a hair dryer or put your shoes near a heater to dry them as this causes damage them over time.