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Why you shouldn't wear the same pair of shoes every day

We're not saying that to be fashion snobs.
/ Source: TODAY

Do you wear the same pair of shoes every day? If so, it's time for a change.

We're not saying that to be fashion snobs: Rotating your shoes can make them last longer, and it might also be better for your feet, experts say.

Take shoes that have cushioning, such as running sneakers, for instance.

Why you shouldn't wear the same pair of shoes every day
Try not to go for the same pair of shoes every day, experts suggest. Getty Images

"A lot of shoes have cushioning built into them, usually some sort of open-cell compression material," Dr. James Christina, CEO of the American Podiatric Medical Association, told TODAY.

But when you run, the cushioning flattens out, and it takes some time for the cushion to get back to its pre-squished state. He suggests buying two pairs of the same shoes, if you can, and alternating them.

Another reason you might want to rotate your shoes? Sweat. Our feet sweat throughout the day, and shoes soak it up, according to a recent Business Insider article. One expert told the website that means shoes need time to dry before you wear them again.

But while it's true that our feet sweat, you'd have to be sweating a lot for your shoe to need to air out for longer than overnight, Christina said. If they're truly soaked, then yes, let the shoes dry before wearing them again.

"In general, it's not a bad idea to alternate shoes if they're moist," he said. "It helps to inhibit fungus."

(For the record: If your foot sweat really is out of control, try a pair of moisture-wicking socks.)

For fans of ladylike pumps or this season's on-trend block heels, Christina recommends alternating heel heights. That can help prevent sore calf muscles and shortening of the Achilles tendon, he said. And try to stick to a heel height that's no taller than 2.5 inches — save the stilettos for special occasions, when you know you won't be walking much. Even flats can be problematic, so avoid wearing those every day as well.

Another way to keep your feet in tip-top shape? Make sure your shoes fit properly and don’t rub or pinch. People who have diabetes or poor circulation should be especially careful, Dr. Christina said.

Need an excuse to go shoe shopping? Now you have it!