"And all that I knew was the hole in my shoe, which was letting in water"
July 27, 2012 4:28 AM Subscribe
Frequent holes in my shoes - does anyone know what's going on?
posted by terretu to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Every pair of shoes I own ends up with a hole in exactly the same place through the sole. The holes are just larger than a cigarette burn at the core, with a wider layer of damage around the outer layer of the sole, and they go through the entire sole. All these holes are in the middle of the front of the ball of my left foot. They occur in all different styles of shoe - pumps, court shoes, boots, etc. - which don't have a heel (I prefer to wear flat shoes because I do a lot of running around at work, walk a lot to get around my city, and because I'm pretty tall without heels).
I've heard of people wearing down one side of the heel of their shoes, but I haven't met anyone who's experienced this kind of shoe problem before. The speed with which it happens is another puzzling thing - if I wear the pair of shoes daily for two or three weeks, a hole will begin to form.
I do buy cheap shoes, and tend to buy flat shoes with thin soles for the reasons listed above, but a £5 pair of shoes and a £20-30 pair of shoes will wear through just as quickly, so I tend to go for the cheaper ones. It's frustrating because a) the holes appear so suddenly that sometimes I don't notice, wear them out in the rain and get wet feet, and b) I'm spending a lot more money on shoes than I'd like, and burning through pairs really quickly.
I'm guess it's some kind of gait problem, but I'm not sure what kind of gait problem could be causing this particular issue, and I don't especially want to go down the route of gait analysis/orthotics.
If it helps at all, I'm female, early twenties, based in the UK and I don't experience any daily foot, back, leg or pelvic pain. I do have a long history of ankle supination/weakened ligaments, and broke my leg on the side of the shoe that wears down about ten years ago. This particular shoe problem has only been an issue in the last year or so, though, so I'm not sure if these long-standing ankle issues could be linked.