The Emperor’s New Shoes

I keep forgetting to show you my new (-ish) walking shoes!

I purchased them this winter and keep forgetting to a post about them, so here-goes!


When it does come time to replace your old shoes, I highly recommend hitting up a running store that can watch your walk and properly fit you for walking shoes. You may pay a bit more for individual attention than you would at a big-box store or online, but the expertise and personal attention you get from these small businesses can’t be beat. In my experience I will actually walk in a comfortable pair where a mediocre pair sits in my closet, ignored and wasting the money I spent on them.

pink shoes

A shout out to Murphy’s Fit for these pink beauties! (Murphy’s Fit Facebook)

I also prefer Gore-tex water resistant materials and an aggressive tread to my outdoor walking shoes, which allow me to walk on any type of trail and in any weather condition.

When to get new shoes?

Any day that ends in “-y” is a good day for new shoes, as if you really need an excuse?

Industry recommendations are to replace your walking shoes every 300 to 500 miles. Don’t wait until your tread shows significant wear, by that time the shock-absorbing ability of the soles is long gone, increasing your risk of developing foot issues.

Believe me, foot pain is no fun! It’s been a chronic issue for me for the last year, one that has made me significantly more aware of always wearing a good pair of shoes for my walking activities.

How to keep track?

If you use one of the handy fitness trackers or smart-phone apps, check to see if they have an “Equipment” feature that can help you record your shoe purchases. Otherwise a good recommendation is to write the purchase date on the shoes in a location that won’t rub off, and manually track your mileage.

How to calculate mileage?

As an example, 10,000 steps is between 4 and 5 miles for the average person, so if we use 4.5 miles to calculate, and you achieve your 10,000 goal every weekday, it adds up to 31.5 miles a week. That’s between 10-16 weeks of life for a pair of walking shoes.

Now I know that not everyone gets all their steps in on one single pair of shoes, but even if you rotate between 3 pairs like I do, the mileage still adds up fairly fast. In the summer I probably put 2/3 of my mileage on one pair of shoes, the rest between my other walking shoes and various dress shoes.

If you want to calculate more precisely, you can measure your stride and calculate from there:

One mile is equal to 5280 feet. To measure your stride mark a distance of 50 feet. Now walk this distance and count your steps. Divide 50 by the number of steps and that is your stride length. Now, divide 5280 by your stride length to find your “average steps per mile” (from The Walking Site)

I keep 3 pairs of walking shoes, this pink pair is by far my favorite and what I use any time I walk outdoors. I also have a pair that I use only for indoor walking/treadmill use, which doesn’t have the aggressive tread or Gore-Tex, and a third pair of minimalist shoes that I like to use for lighter activities such as my flexibility workouts. Due to the foot issues, going barefoot or wearing flip-flops really isn’t an option for me right now, and these minimalist shoes support my feet while being really flexible. They aren’t appropriate for lots of walking tho, so the pink pair pictured are my work-horses!

Now, go get yourself a new pair of walking shoes!

One thought on “The Emperor’s New Shoes

  1. Please don’t forget me! I need to purchase a set of walking poles for the Elvesund Sons of Norway Lodge drawing winner. Can you come to our Cultural Dinner this month? I will treat you. Traditional Norwegian Pork meal 🍴 and entertainment by folk band. In La Grange Park. Then you could meet and measure the girl that won the poles-


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