How Often Should You Buy New Running Shoes?

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How Often Should You Buy New Running Shoes?

For a long time, it was recommended to buy a new pair of running shoes every 300 to 500 miles but that has changed with the sudden surge of minimalist shoes on the market. While many of the traditional models, with their thick midsoles and high arches, were not designed for everyday training, most of the minimalist shoes are.

However, even if you’re wearing minimalist running shoes, experts still highly recommend replacing your shoes after every 300 to 500 miles.

They suggest you replace them after that because this is when the rate of wear and tear on the shoe reaches its peak. In addition to that, most of the materials used for shoe construction are not built to withstand the stresses associated with everyday training.

Keep in mind that these shoes aren’t built to last and should be replaced at least once every 9 to 12 months. That way they’ll perform well for the duration of your training cycle and will provide you with the proper support for the duration of your race.

So replace the shoe not the sock.

Why Should You Get a New Pair?

You have definitely heard about it. One of the biggest myths about running shoes states that you need to replace them after ___ mileage.

But just because you have run ___ miles with your shoes, it doesn’t mean you need a new pair. If your running shoes fit properly and have been well taken care of, they can still last for months, if not years.

But you should replace shoes as early as possible when they show visible signs of wear because it’s important to always have on a pair of shoes that are in good condition.

A worn out pair of shoes can affect your form, cause injury and even lower your performance. So you should always replace shoes as soon as you notice wear.

As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles. That’s roughly every 4-8 months depending on how long and how often you run. For more useful details on how often should you buy new running shoes, take a look at this post. I have covered everything from general wear and tear to the possible breakdowns to your shoes.

How to Determine If You Need a New Pair

Running is a sport that requires you to have the right running shoes on your feet. So it is crucial that you get a pair that fits you and your gait (or how you run) perfectly.

However, this is easier said than done. It is easy to see that an old pair of shoes does not provide the same cushioning or comfort as when it was new. But how can you truly tell whether you need a new pair of shoes or not? How often should you buy new running shoes?

This is slightly different than, say, how often you should replace your car tires. The best answer is that you need to check your running shoes at least twice a year.

Most running shoes have a recommended lifespan of around 300-500 miles (500-800 km). Of course, your shoes will go through a lot of stress over this period of time, so their lifespan won’t be exactly the same as when they were new.

As with all products, wear and tear will shorten the expected lifespan. Running shoes are subjected to some of the highest stresses of any type of shoes, so their lifespan is a lot shorter than average.

Most people are perfectly fine running in their shoes beyond the agreed lifespan, but it’s best not to push your luck.

How to Make Running Shoes Last Longer

Drastically cutting down on the miles you’re running or instantly buying new running shoes cannot be the answer to your aching joints.

If you still want the pain to go away, your best bet is to make your current running shoes last longer by learning how to care for them. You can also opt to try different running surfaces, ranging from the road to trails, if you haven’t already tried that in the past.

While buying cheap running shoes may seem like a great idea because of the price, it actually does not save you money. The fact is that you’re going to have to buy another pair sooner. Buying cheap running shoes is only going to cause additional pain as you wear them out faster than a solid, moderately priced pair.

You also need to know how to determine if the pair of running shoes you’re buying is something you should keep or something you should get rid of quickly. Read the article to learn more about how to do this and reduce the number of pair of running shoes you’ll have to buy.

Final Words

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