When to Replace Your Running Shoes: Tips for Your Feet

Last Updated: January 01, 2024 | Author: Dr. Benjamin Wallace

It can be tough to know when it's time to replace your running shoes. They might not feel too bad, but you're just not getting the same level of comfort and performance that you used to.

You don't want to replace them too soon and waste money, but you also don't want to wait until they're completely worn out. So, when is the right time? We'll give you some tips in this blog post!

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Factors Affecting that When to Replace Your Running Shoes

  1. The average lifespan of a running shoe is around 400 miles. This number can vary depending on your weight, the surface you run on, and how often you run. For example, if you only run once per week for 20 minutes at a time then it might take years before your shoes need replacing!
  2. If there's a noticeable change in how your feet feel after running, this could be an indicator that it's time to replace your shoes. For example increased pain, swelling, or numbness in the joints; and/or blisters forming on parts of the feet that have never blistered before.
  3. Another sign is if the tread on your shoes is starting to wear thin. This will cause you to lose traction and increase your risk of slipping.
  4. If you're having trouble with balance, this could also be a sign that it's time to replace your shoes. If you feel like you're falling over and can't keep upright for very long periods of time, then it might be because the cushioning in your shoes has deteriorated.
  5. If your shoes start to smell bad, it's probably time to replace them. The odor may be due to sweat or bacteria accumulating in the shoes.

So, those are some tips to help you know when it's time to replace your running shoes. Keep in mind that these are just guidelines, and you should always consult with a doctor if you're experiencing pain or other problems with your feet while running!

Tips for Replacing Your Running Shoes

Once you've decided that it's time to replace your running shoes, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most out of them and keep your feet healthy.

  1. First off, it's important to use the right type of shoe for your body. If you're a heavier person then you may need more cushioning stability shoes in order to reduce the impact on the joints. And if you have flat feet then you'll want a shoe that offers more arch support. In this case we always recommend Nike shoes for flat feet.
  2. Secondly, make sure to break in your new shoes before going on any long runs. It's always good practice to walk around the house with them for a few hours before heading out so that your feet can get used to the new fit.
  3. Finally, don't wait until your shoes are completely worn out before replacing them! This will just put unnecessary stress on your feet and could lead to injuries. Try to replace them every 400 miles or so, depending on how you run.

Tips for Extending Life of You Running Shoes

  1. You can extend the life of your running shoes by keeping them clean and not wearing them on a regular basis. If you are going to maintain them and wear them on a rotating basis, then make sure to alternate between two different pairs so that they both get an equal amount of use.
  2. If you're going to be putting your shoes through a lot of wear and tear (like running on concrete all the time), then it's a good idea to buy more durable shoes. But if you're just going out for a jog once in a while, then it might not be worth spending the extra money.
  3. Always remove shoes properly and let them air dry before putting them away.
  4. Try to use your shoes just for running and not walking around in them, because this can cause excessive wear and tear.
  5. Keep the soles clean by wiping them off after each use with a damp cloth.
  6. If you have the budget, invest in two pairs of running shoes so that they can be rotated and last longer. This also allows you to have a backup pair if one gets wet or muddy.

So, those are some tips for keeping your running shoes in good condition

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Dr. Benjamin Wallace

Dr. Benjamin Wallace

Dr. Benjamin Wallace is a podiatry specialist with over two decades of experience in treating issues of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Record of successful treatments, from managing arthritic conditions and healing diabetic foot disorders to addressing foot deformities and sports-related injuries.