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How Long Do Running Shoes Last?

May 2nd, 2013

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?

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