September 18, 2013

When Do You Replace Your Running Shoes?

This topic has come up alot when I chat with other runners about gear and accessories and everyone seems to give a different answer.  When I first started running in late 2010, I purchased my shoes at the New Balance outlet in Lawrence, MA and chose 3 pair with a minimal amount of help from a staff member.  Not knowing that getting properly fitted shoes was essential to comfort and good running style, I used these shoes for about ten months.  After the Disneyland Half Marathon 2011, I finally visited a running store and got the proper fit and shoe style that worked for my feet.

My current shoe collection in use! I am a Brooks girl!
One of my questions was how long I should keep the shoes before I got a new pair.  I searched online and found lots of different answers, but in the end, everyone needs to decide what works best for them.  Here is an article I found that was particularly helpful from Runner's World.

For me, 300 miles is the maximum I run on my shoes mainly because I have such a hard foot strike, despite being a tiny female.  A few extra dollars on shoes saves me trips to the doctor and prevents injury, a win win. One of the things that I did after that first purchase at the running store was go back less than a month later (when there was a sale) to buy another pair.  Alternating your shoes gives them time to dry out, and gives the cushioning a chance to recover.  I never wear the same pair two days in a row. Despite this excessive amount of shoes in the photo, they are all used regularly and  two pairs have probably just one or two 10 mile runs left in them and one of the pairs was relegated to dog walking only after being retired from running!
How often do you replace your shoes?
(Pam)



19 comments:

  1. I am probably WAY overdue... luckily my next packet pickup is at Fleet Feet so I can get a new pair then! (But not run that half in the new shoes, of course. I'm not crazy. ;)

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    1. I hear Fleet Feet is a great store. Hope to go sometime when I visit my sister in Boston!

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  2. This is a huge issue for me because when I find a pair I love, I have a hard time parting with them because I fear I won't be able to find a pair that are just as comfortable. You bring up a great point about rotating your shoes. I have my running shoes that I wear on ALL my runs and then a pair of walking shoes for walking the dog and biking. I think after the Runner's World festival in October I will try to break in a few new pairs of running shoes so I can get use to them by PHM in Feb. Thanks for the advice! ~M

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    1. I also stockpile with the ones I love. I do not know what I would do if Brooks decides to eliminate the Ravenna style. I would be in big trouble!

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  3. Great post! I really need to have more than one pair at a time. I have read in numerous places that it is a good idea to alternate shoes.

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    1. Thanks Lauren. I always feel like the shoe is fresher when it has not been worn for a few days!

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  4. My husband and I were just fit two weeks ago for shoes for the first time. We've both noticed the difference that wearing properly fitting shoes makes! It turns out that his old Asics were too small on his right foot, which caused him to get a bruised toenail at Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach. Since he's training for Dopey, the local store recommended that he get two pairs right away. Since my training for the 10K and half isn't as intense, I only walked out with one, but per your suggestion I'll be keeping my eyes out for a sale and will hopefully return soon to get myself a second pair.

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    1. You can also find sales online....Runningwarehouse.com offers great sale shoes at various times of the year.

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  5. I replace my shoes about every 3 months or so, but I have a backup pair in-case of rain. I also like to switch them out to give the cushioning a chance to recover.

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    1. Sounds like we do about the same thing Karen!

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  6. I sometimes stretch mine out to about 500 miles. I alternate between two and sometimes three pairs. All in all, I get a new "set" of shoes once a year, doing about 1,000 miles a year total--between 300-500 per pair. I definitely feel it once I start pushing that 500 mark!

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    1. Karla that is great if you can get 500 miles. For some reason, I really hit the pavement hard, so my shoes really take a beating!

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  7. I replace mine about every 3-4 months. I will admit that I am terrible at keeping track of the miles on my shoes (cringe!). I know it's time to replace them by how they feel.
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Karen, I really gauge my best by the tread on the soles. Since I have been wearing the same shoe for a while, it is easy to tell when it is ready to be retired for dog walking or gym use (not including running)

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  8. I replace at about 300 miles. Mr PugRunner had to replace his at around 150. Excellent point about having several pairs to alternate. I'll have to keep that in mind.

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    1. Jennifer, I really think it helps the shoes last longer. Granted, it is a bigger investment to start, but if you end up with one pair for the long runs each week, the other pair can be used when the long run pair gets replaced. Then you end up only replacing one at a time in the future!

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  9. I never seem to remember mileage on my shoes, but I typically go by feel... if my legs start to get more achy than usual, it's time for some new ones! I need to get another pair (or two, lol)n to rotate out!

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    1. Britt, Ever since I started rotating shoes, it really helped alot with aches and pains. Happy shopping for a new pair!

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