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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Getting the most out of your sneakers

It's been about a month and a half since I said that I would be making some lifestyle changes, and I'm happy to report that except for a one-week period when I was knocked out by the flu, I've worked out every day. And I've come to realize that I really need a new pair of running shoes. In fact, that's what Marc is going to get me for Mother's Day.

Since I'm thinking about new shoes, FitSugar's post on how to get the most wear out of your sneakers caught my eye. I had to wonder about Step 4: how many shoes would be in "good shape" after surviving the first three steps? (In a nutshell: Step 1 is workout shoes; Step 2 is casual streetwear; Step 3 is work-around-the-house shoes; Step 4 is donate them to the needy.)

I think a better bet for Step 4 is Nike's Reuse a Shoe program, which turns worn-out shoes into sport surfaces. Otherwise, I recommend donating at Step 3 at the latest.

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