As parents, we know how quickly our kid’s feet can grow! It seems like you buy them a pair of sneakers they’re already ready for a new size, but it’s also important for your kid to wear shoes that aren’t completely dead to help ward off injuries. Don’t know what a worn out shoe looks like? Here are some tips to assess your child’s sneaker issues.
- The tread is worn down in certain areas. Heels of shoes are especially susceptible to wear and tear. A good rule is that if the rubber tread is showing major wear, time to toss.
- The foot bed is worn or the insole is starting to fray. This is a pretty good indication that your shoes are on the way out. A worn out foot bed can make your child more susceptible to injuries because their foot may slide around inside of their shoes.
- Shoe laces are looking worn. This is also a pretty good indicator. Shoe laces are meant to have certain ‘shelf life’ so breaking or fraying can mean that your shoes have been hanging around a little too long.
- Impact feel. Is your child starting to complain about their legs or back hurting more than normal? This is a definite indicator that new kicks are needed ASAP.