I love shoes
So, I have a thing for shoes. As shown here... but not just because they're pretty.
I have always been a proponent of buying multiples of anything you love; food, jeans, shoes. Not just because it’s great to have a backup (companies might change, ever so slightly, the construction of jeans/shoes and their newer version might, for you, not be as awesome), but for the very reason they make multiple shades or colorways: to have a LOT that you can wear for various reasons and outfits.
I’m not the only person to buy several pairs of a shoe I love, Mario Batalli bought around 200 Orange Crocs when he heard the company was discontinuing his favorite color. [Source: https://www.eonline.com/news/485289/mario-batali-bought-200-pairs-of-orange-crocs-before-they-were-discontinued]
In all seriousness, your health is why having multiple pairs of shoes is essential.
Shoes need to be rotated through, wearing each pair no more than once every other day, to allow the shoe to breathe, and prevent bacteria build up (which is one reason why your shoes smell). Rotating your shoes also allows your feet and leg muscles to be taken care of with newer/fresh cushion, which helps prevent injuries. You should also have different shoes for different activities, so if you’re a runner, you want two pairs of shoes (minimum) specific for running, as well as your everyday walking/work shoes. If you hike, do not hike in your running shoes unless they’re specifically trail running shoes that can handle the type of hikes you’re taking on.
Again, all of this is to take care of your health, from the ground up.
Muscle fatigue from improper shoes will stem all the way up to your shoulders, based on the amount of over compensation your body must achieve to take care of itself.
Here’s how I handle the shoe situation for my everyday life:
- Throw out flip flops after I’ve owned them for 1 year (The open, airy style expose your feet to all sorts of germs, dirt, bacteria, fungus, and other nasty things that can lead to an infection. A number of studies have found that flip-flops pick up and hold a heck of a lot more bacteria than ordinary shoes. This was found to be especially true when people wore them anywhere in public, like at the gym or in restrooms where gross things thrive. Dangerous pathogens such as Staphylococcus and E. coli can easily find their way into any open sore, wound, or cut and wreak havoc on your health. While most people experience mild infections like Athlete’s foot, some have had to have their toes or feet amputated because they picked up a particularly dangerous strain of something [Source: http://www.sun-gazing.com/6-reasons-doctors-now-warning-people-never-flip-flops/ ])
- Only purchase heels, flip flops, and flats that have support, shoes without support cause a lot of havoc (ever experience a tight achilles heel, or plantar fasciitis?).
- Own at least three pairs of running shoes (rotating three each week allows you to own them longer, as well as ensures a pair dries out in time for it’s next run after you’ve rain in the rain or through the wet grass).
- Have back up running shoes rotated through every once in a while, these are shoes I will have for muddy days, for specific upcoming seasons (variety is fun!), as well as to travel with (running through airports does happen).
- Separate water shoe/sandals that are for adventures: great support around the entire foot, have a great sole for durability and safety, and can withstand water activities such as tubing.
- Hiking shoes, which I store in their original box for cleanliness and ease in the storage area.
- Be fit for each shoe type at a specialty shop. While shopping online can save you money, the expertise provided at a local specialty shop helps you find the correct fit for your foot, comfort, and adventure.