Picture this scenario:
You are getting ready for a casual night out.
You put together a laid back outfit and then it’s time for the sneakers.
You open the closet and you see them…
The dirty grimy tennis shoes you sweat and run in every day.
Your only pair of sneakers are your workout shoes.
You quickly realize you don’t own tennis shoes that will work for an informal night. You only have one pair of kicks that occupy both roles.
While convenient, there are a couple issues here:
- The wear and tear is quicker which leads to spending more money on new shoes.
- It’s difficult to keep one pair crisp when you sweat and run in them daily.
Unless you clean them after every workout (which can be time-consuming and inconvenient), it is probably better to own at least one ADDITIONAL pair that you will use for informal wear outside of the gym.
This article will cover 5 things to look for in a tennis shoe that you don’t want to use for exercising.
While you would normally see this tip in the exercise shoe category it is just as important for your non-exercise sneaker.
Because this may be the only other pair of additional casual shoes you have and want it to last a while.
Tennis shoes have, on average, a lifespan of 500 miles (or about 6 months if you walk quite a bit). Having one pair for exercise and one pair of informal wear means hitting that 500-mile mark will happen much slower since you’re not using the same pair for both.
What to look for on durable shoes:
- Seam Strength
- Sole Bond adhesion
- Water Resistance
- Flex cracking resistance
Crisp sneakers are the difference between a regular laid back outfit and a dynamite casual look.
When you see someone with fresh sneakers it’s not always obvious to pinpoint exactly what makes them stand out. Often times it is a subtle difference that can make someone say “wow that outfit looks great”.
In order to maintain that effortless style, you want a pair that isn’t a pain to keep clean.
AVOID WHITE CANVAS! The slightest dirt on a white canvas is a pain to get out. Unless you feel like using a toothbrush, soap, and hot water, save the white canvas for a sunny day.
If you do want a canvas material black is a great option. It also doesn’t scuff very easily.
While leather is easy to wipe off, you do run into a scuff issue.
Mesh sneakers can be washed in the washing machine, just make sure to take out the sole of the shoe and any laces (if applicable). Wash on a delicate cycle with minimal detergent.
Comfort is always key when buying tennis shoes. The worst feeling is when shoes look fresh but hurt to wear. It defeats the purpose of shoes.
When looking for comfort pay attention to a couple things:
- Arch support
- Slip-On Vs Laces
- Sole cushion
- The right size
When you can find a fresh pair that feels great. BUY!