How Often Should I Replace My Running Shoes?
It's Not How It Looks
It's usually impossible to tell when it's time to replace your shoes based only on how they look. The interior design starts to wear out before the tread shows use, or the knitting starts to fall apart. Support comes from the midsole, and that's the part that needs to stay healthy. Be aware that you might need to replace your running shoes before they look worn out.
However, there are some signs that indicate when your interior midsole is failing:
- There are wrinkles in the fabric where the heel or ball of the foot goes.
- Your shoes lean to one side when you set them on a flat surface.
- Cracks, tears, or gouges in the material.
Keep an eye on these signs. Your midsole is the source of cushioning and stability. When that is compromised, it is time to invest in a new pair of shoes.
Here are the main factors to look at when figuring out when to replace your shoes. Remember, it's not all about how it looks. Instead, look for...
Fatigue in Your Body
Old running shoes often cause injuries to your body. Your legs and joints will start absorbing increasing amounts of impact when your shoes start to wear out. If you start getting shin splints or feel like your muscles and joints are more tired than usual, your body could be telling you that it isn’t getting the support it needs.
Track Your Running
Keeping a running log is essential to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Running shoes generally last about 300-400 miles. If you keep track of the distances you run, you can get new shoes before your body starts to suffer. The life of your running shoes can increase by rotating between two different pairs. This allows the shoe soles more time to decompress between uses.
Remember, your body needs to stay healthy as you enjoy your active lifestyle. Injuries due to over-used shoes are easy to avoid, so pay attention to your body and running mileage.