Do you know when you should get a new pair of running shoes? How many running shoes should you own at one time? Here are some quick tips to help you.
Life Span of Running Shoes
You should change out your running shoes every 300 miles to help prevent aches and pains in your feet, shins, knees and hips. With a quick peek at the bottom of your shoe, you can tell if the heel on the shoe is crushed or the arch of the shoe is starting to flatten out. If you wait until the treads of the shoe are flattened out, you waited too long. The support of the shoe will break down faster than the tread on the bottom.
Use of Running Shoes After Their Life Span
Running shoes may be worn for walking after their running life span. However, it depends on the wear pattern of your shoes. If they are worn unevenly, don't use them for walking. If you aren't sure if they are worn unevenly, place your old running shoes on a table. If they wobble side-to-side when you nudge them or they tilt to one side, you shouldn't use them for walking. Another way to tell if you shouldn't use your old shoes is if you see the white midsole foam is exposed through the black outsole material. However, once you hit the 500 mile range, they should be completely retired.
Multiple Running Shoes
Avid runners should have more than one pair of running shoes. It may be more expensive upfront, but it is worth it in the end. By having different shoes, your body will adapt ever so slightly to the different shoe shapes, helping to prevent overuse injuries.
In addition, the midsole foam of the shoe needs as long as 24 hours to fully recover. If you run in the evening one day and again the following morning, you should have two pairs of shoes, so the foam can fully recover and better protect your body.