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Replace Running Shoes

Updated on October 29, 2012

A Word About Running Shoes

You should replace running shoes when they start to wear out and there are some simple ways that you can test whether or not it is time to replace your favorite running shoes. If you know shoes you know that shoes don’t last forever.

Here are a few things you should know about running shoes. First, having a good pair that are not worn out is important for your health and one of the important running tips you should know. Second, the speed at which your footwear will wear out depends on how much you run, under what conditions, and how big and heavy you are.

It doesn't matter if you wear your shoes for casual workouts like walking for for heart pumping running workouts to get rid of stomach fat and get into shape. Eventually, it will be time for a fresh pair to get that bounce back into your step.

There is not simple rule as to how long a pair of running shoes will last. However, it is very likely that they will still look quite well on the outside at the point they are worn out on the inside.

Miles On Your Running Shoes

One method to determine if your running shoes are ready to be replaced is to track the mileage. Unlike tracking time, mileage is a measure of distance, and therefore steps, actually taken in the shoes. Mileage is not the best way to track the condition of your shoes, however, since mileage varies. For example, running on a treadmill with some cushion may wear on your shoes different than running on a crushed limestone path in the rain. In general, a pair of good running shoes should last up to 500 miles before you need to replace them, but your individual result will vary.

How You Feel

Another method is to pay attention to your body and judge how your knees, shins, or feet feel during and after your run. You may be able to detect that running seems harder or that you have more pain that you used to. This may just be because your shoes are wearing out, putting more stress on your legs and joints to absorb the shock.

Condition of Your Running Shoes

The preferred way to know when you should replace running shoes is to know what a worn out shoe actually feels like. Don’t worry about what it looks like, since a shoe can look great even though it is beyond its useful life, especially if you are an indoor runner. The insole of your running shoe should have some cushion left on it. You can feel the insole with your fingers to see if it has some cushion or if it has become hard and flat. Another great way to check your shoes is to give your shoes a good twist by holding the heel and toe and twisting them. If you find twisting your running shoe to be easy it is time for new shoes. If there is still some resistance, they may have a little life left in them.

Replace Running Shoes When Needed

When it is time to replace running shoes don’t delay. You will be saving your legs and joints from the added shock and your run will be better. It doesn't matter if you are an avid runner or just trying to lose a pound or two with a jog. Good shoes will make a difference. If you are unsure, buy your next pair and wear them for a run or two to see what a difference the new shoes can make. If you don’t notice much, go ahead and put some more miles on your old shoes, knowing your next new pair is there waiting for you.


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