5 Signs Your Body Is Trying To Tell You It's Time To Ditch Your Old Sneakers

by Georgina Berbari

Almost everyone I know has a "good luck" pair of sneakers that have stuck it out through the sweatiest workout, or the toughest half marathon.

You know what I'm talking about. It feels like you've had them since junior prom, and you just can't seem to let those precious babies go.

I mean, who else is going to stand by your side while you complete a 100-burpee challenge?

(Spoiler alert: That is not what friends are for.)

But there comes a day when you just have to suck it up and say adios to your Asics, because, whether you're emotionally prepared to accept it or not, they're just not cutting it anymore.

There are many factors that determine how much wear and tear your favorite sneakers have undergone , and a lot of them have to do with the shoes themselves.

But the sneaks aren't the only tipoff. Here are six signals your body is sending you to let you know a pair of new kicks is well overdue.

What's more reliable than listening to your own body, amirite?

1. Knee Pain

Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, this condition is characterized by inflammation of the knee cap that flares up during a workout -- or even just going up a flight of stairs.

Listen to your body, and look out for pangs of pain early on in your sweat sesh, which might be sneaky and go away, only to resurface again over time.

If they persist, it might be time for new Nikes.

2. Shin Splints

Or, as I believe they are more accurately characterized, splints from Satan himself.

Shin splints occur when small tears form in the muscles around your shin bones.

Yes, they're as annoying and painful as they sound, and if you've dealt with them, you feel me on a spiritual level.

Replacing your old sneakers with well-cushioned, properly fitted ones will relieve this stressful syndrome.

3. Other Aches And Pains

 Any lower body aches and pains can be red flags for you to consider a fresh pair of gym shoes.

IT band syndrome and plantar fasciitis are two other pesky syndromes that could go hand-in-hand (foot-in-foot?) with over-worn sneaks.

That's why, when looking for a new pair, you should always seek a professional opinion on the right style for you.

4. Stinky Feet

I wish I was kidding, but it honestly needed to be said.

If your feet smell disgusting AF, your old shoes might be the culprit.

Dispose of those bad boys ASAP.

Oh, you should probably take a shower while you're at it, too.

5. Blistering

Last but not least, a bad bout of blistering means your feet are in need of some serious TLC, and your old sneaks are in need of a garbage.

Oftentimes, old sneakers stretch out after awhile, and the friction caused by this leads to painful blisters.

Free your feet from their suffering with a footwear upgrade.

Your toes will thank you.