How Long Do Running Shoes Last?

The lifespan of your running shoes depends on many factors, including the type of shoe, your weekly mileage, your speed, your weight, and your gait. To help improve running shoe lifespan, i’s important to learn how to maintain your running shoes, but it’s also important to recognize the signs of you needing a new pair.

How do I know if my shoes are too old?

Most of us at the ‘House know it’s time to replace a shoe based on how we feel on the run. Be sure to notice the condition of your shoes and how you feel when you’re running in them. If you’re experiencing any joint, bone or muscular pain when running in a pair of shoes, it’s definitely time to let them go. And if you see significant signs of wear (the upper or outsole separating from the midsole, the heel cup starting to develop a hole, etc.), it’s probably time to make a change.

Here’s what a few staffers have to say:

“I run in all kinds of shoes, about 40-50 miles per week. I can usually put at least 600 miles on a traditional trainer, and maybe 400-500 on something more elemental. I know it’s time for a new shoe when my feet and knees start getting tired and achy when I’m running.” – Juli

“I’m typically in a traditional trainer, and I can push 600 miles in many shoes. I know it’s time for a new shoe if I blow through the upper of the shoe by the big toe. I would say around that time the shoe starts feeling dead and significant wear has be placed on the outsole” – Daniel

“I run in a traditional trainer. I don’t keep a mileage log, but when I’m running regularly I’ve found that I can wear a shoe for eight to ten months. I know I need a new shoe when the outsole is worn down and the shoe stops feeling as cushioned and supportive as it used to.” – Kristin

“I typically choose running shoes that fall somewhere between elemental and traditional, and I can usually get 400-500 miles out of a shoe. I know I need new shoes when the shoes have that distinct ‘dead’ feeling and don’t feel like they used to.” – Taro

What tips do you have for determining when it’s time to trade out your running shoes?

  • Jim

    I know it’s time to switch out shoes when my knees and legs start aching during or after a run. Usually that’s around 500 miles.

  • David Weeks

    I usually get close to 400 miles, but I have heard that many runners now get far less with the likes of the softer midsoles on shoes like the Asics 33 series shoes? I have avoided those for that exact reason..

  • Adam

    I’m a big guy & it sucks for shoe wear. 230lbs – around 25-30 miles a week. I wear zero drop shoes and since they’re fairly low on material they die after about 200 miles. It’s extremely noticeable. It goes from feeling both cushioned and springy to feeling like I’m running on a flat inner tube. It’s very obvious and my average times increase by about 30 seconds a mile almost instantly.

  • Runner 41

    I get toe holes and started using Shoe Armour.
    Shoe Armour is the only shoe hole prevention insert designed specifically to eliminate toe holes in running and athletic shoes. The can be used in any brand of shoe and you can’t even tell they’re in your shoe.

    You can find it on at the following link: