This page of our guide to Death Stranding explains how to react to the wearing shoes of the main character. This phenomenon cannot be prevented and ignoring deteriorating footwear can bring negative consequences.
The problem of gradual deterioration of shoes in Death Stranding is not something you can definitely overcome. You have to take into account that you have to exchange shoes for a new pair from time to time. This process progresses the fastest as a result of traveling through areas with Timefall (contaminated with ageing rain).
You can check the current state of your shoes in two ways - find your shoes in your inventory or look at the blue bar next to the shoe icon. It is best to replace the shoes after they lost at least half of their durability. The loss of footwear means that wounds will start to appear on the hero's feet. After that, your character will gradually lose his health points (blood).
You can produce new shoes (Bridges Boots) by crafting - after visiting any allied location you have to choose Create equipment option and find the desired item in the list.
It is worth noting that you do not use the same shoe model for the whole game. After completing order number 24 (Prototype Bot Delivery: Distribution Center South of Lake Knot City), you will unlock second level shoes that have increased durability. It is always worthwhile to produce the best available shoes.
There are also two alternative methods of protecting the hero's feet. The first way is to defeat the MULE enemies, who can drop their shoes behind (MULE Boots). They are always in perfect condition - they have 100% durability.
The second way is to find interactive Sandalweed bushes. You can then select them from a drop-down menu and gain temporary foot protection.