HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE RUNNING SHOES?
It’s difficult to provide a definite answer, as every shoe will wear differently depending on your running style, the frequency of your runs and the design of the shoe. However, if you notice any of the following tell-tale signs of excessive wear, it’s time to start looking for your next pair of shoes:
- The outer sole has worn through to the white midsole
- The midsole feels too soft and collapses easily under pressure. You may see longitudinal creases in the midsole
- The heel counter becomes mobile and less supportive
- Your toes wear through the toe-box and the shoe upper tears
- One shoe sole becomes asymmetrically worn compared with the other
- One or both shoes no longer stand up straight when placed on a flat surface
If you identify one or more of these factors, visit a specialist running store and take your old running shoe to have an expert opinion and new shoes fitted.
HOW MANY MILES BEFORE YOU CHANGE RUNNING SHOES?
As a general rule, you should consider changing your running shoes between every 600 to 700 kilometers. However, if your running shoes are not showing any of the above signs of excessive wear, you may be able to wear them for longer without increasing the risk of injury.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR RUNNING SHOES REGULARLY?
If looks don’t matter to you, you may wonder why you need to replace your beaten up running shoes at all. Despite some obvious damage and wear, your running shoes might appear to be working just fine, but the real damage usually lies under the surface.
After a certain amount of use, the structural integrity of the shoe will deteriorate and it will no longer provide the stability and support it’s supposed to. Continuing to run in shoes that no longer have many of the components and technology they were designed with may increase your risk of repetitive injuries in the feet, legs and pelvis and reduce your running efficiency.
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