Many people wonder how often they need to replace their tennis shoes. Whether you prefer a thick layer of cushioning between you and the pavement, minimal design for a barefoot feel, or the fast response of a performance-quality shoe, three factors can help you determine when to replace your tennis shoes:
Frequency: How often you play or exercise will determine how quickly your tennis shoes wear out. Someone who plays every day will wear out their sneakers quicker than someone who plays just once a week. One suggestion if you work out frequently is to switch back and forth between two pair of sneakers.
Playing style: A player’s style of play will create unique wear patterns on their sneakers. For women, tennis shoes might show toe wear if you serve on your toes, or they may wear quicker in the heel if that’s where you plant your foot to pivot.
The intensity of game play will also affect wear. Take for example, that for men, tennis shoes might wear more quickly if they play an intense competitive game versus a casual weekend game.
Court surface: The surface of the tennis court will affect how your tennis shoes wear. A soft grass court will cause less sneaker wear than a harder clay court. And a clay surface will be easier on sneakers than a hard court concrete surface.
When to Replace
It’s tempting to keep wearing your old sneakers because you’ve grown comfortable with their fit and because new sneakers take a while to break in—or you just love how they look on you—but once the cushioning or sole of your tennis shoes wear out, you may experience problems in foot health and stability, as well as playing performance.
That means It’s time to replace your tennis shoes when they don’t provide the support you need or provide their usual freedom of movement on the court. The heel counter is the part of the shoe that cradles your heel. Changes in how your heel fits or your arch is supported may lead to sore ankles or knees after playing or have lower back pain. Even if you don’t experience pain, you might notice the feel of the shoes has changed.
Podiatrists are often inclined to recommend two lesser-cost shoes that are alternated and maintained in a good state of repair than one higher priced pair of shoes worn consistently to the point of breaking down.An affordable way to incorporate a second shoe is to buy a second pair after you begin to break in your first pair, but long before the first pair shows sign of wearing out. Then start alternating use.
One benefit of this pattern is that you’ll be less inclined to settle for your broken down pair when alternating into the second pair actually feels better. Use that as your sign to replace pair number one, and roll the new pair into your rotation.
And if you find that you’re sentimental about your men’s tennis shoes and are reluctant to replace them, take a picture, then throw them out! Avoiding injuries is more important than the sentiment of a familiar sneaker.
K-Swiss has represented innovation, quality, performance and style since 1966. Its signature K-Swiss,”Classic,” the first leather tennis shoe, made its debut at Wimbledon in 1966, and more than 40 years later, is still a style staple both on and off the court. Today, K-Swiss’ premium sports heritage has expanded from tennis footwear, to include lifestyle, running, training, nautical, and free-running footwear that stands up to the performance demands of world-class athletes and trendsetters alike.