How do you know when it’s time for new athletic shoes? Do you wait until the tread has deteriorated? Or when your toes are sticking out? Some people replace their shoes based on mileage, how long they’ve worn them, or even fashion. For me, it’s all about comfort and support. I’ll try on a new pair of shoes at a store, walk around, then slip my shoes back on. If my shoes feel more like house slippers, it’s time for a new pair.

* Remember different athletic shoes are made for different activities. Tennis shoes, for example, are designed with durable soles and reinforced toes for quick side-to-side movements and stop-and-go action. Whereas running shoes have thick soft heels and are designed for forward motion only.

So if you feel like your shoes are kaput, you’re probably right. Hey, I hear there’s a sale this weekend.