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Why Do My Shoes Always Wear Out in the Same Spot?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


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June 08, 2021
Burt Ross

Hi. So, regarding this article: I have worn Lems (and Altras) for a number of years. Except for the Altra Olympus, all these shoes wear out the same or quicker for me as with conventional shoes—right foot, outer heel. Any comments or suggestions? I love the Lems Primal 2, but those, in particular, seem to wear out quicker than expected. Thanks!

June 08, 2021
Natural Footgear

Hi, Burt,

Thank you for your comment. Structural factors within the body (e.g., limb length discrepancies, etc.) as well as ingrained movement patterns and biomechanical compensation for past injuries may have an impact on shoe wear and could help explain what you’re seeing. It’s tough to say for sure, though, without the benefit of a full health history, physical examination, and gait analysis. It’s interesting that you found the Lems Primal 2 to wear out quicker than expected; we’ve actually found the Primal 2 to have quite good longevity (our pairs tend to hold up for 2-3 years with moderate to heavy use).

Anyhow, please let me know if you have any additional questions!

Marty Hughes, DC

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