How Often to Replace Running Shoes: 5 Signs It's Time

How Often to Replace Running Shoes: 5 Signs It's Time

Posted by Apex Foot Health on 22nd Jul 2020

60 million people in the US regularly go running, jogging or trail running.

And the vast majority will have a quality pair of shoes on their feet!

Whether you’re jogging around a track or  walking down to the park, running shoes can make a mighty difference. But ensuring they’re in good condition is essential if they’re to continue providing support, stability, cushioning, and comfort.

How often should you replace running shoes though? Allow us to share 5 tell-tale signs it’s time for a new pair.

1. The Miles Have Stacked Up

Distance covered is a particular metric of importance here.

The more miles you put underfoot, the sooner you’ll need new running shoes. Recommendations vary on the exact distance at which you should buy a replacement pair though.

However, somewhere between 300 and 500 miles is a good place to start.

Think about when you purchased your shoes and how much ground you cover in a typical week. Use those metrics to work out how many miles they have in them. If the number’s anywhere around 500 miles, then consider ordering a replacement.

2. There’s Little Tread Remaining

Have the treads worn down on the soles of your shoes?

Well, that’s another clear indication it’s time to get a new pair. Worn soles mean the cushioning and shock absorbency of the shoes will also have suffered.

Continue to use them and you could easily get injured. Be sure to replace them at your earliest convenience. Here’s more on the key parts of a well constructed shoe.

Close up of bottom of running shoes showing tread

3. They’re Hurting Your Feet

Your shoes should make the experience of  exercising better, not worse.

After all, they’re designed to fit your feet perfectly and support your specific walking/running style. They should provide the stability and cushion required to facilitate a positive experience.

If your feet start to hurt when wearing your shoes, then it’s a reasonable sign there’s a problem. For example, sore arches and stiff soles could mean they no longer fit correctly, having worn away through excessive use.

Want to keep your feet nice and healthy? This post should help.

4. They’re Causing Blisters

The same is true when blisters start to appear.

Have your well-used running shoes started causing blisters out of no-where? They’re probably past their best. They’ve changed shape through excessive use, which has created room for rubbing.

Unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse if you continue to wear them. Save yourself the discomfort and bag yourself a replacement.

Closeup of person providing relief from blister

5. They’re Causing Pain Elsewhere Too

Worn out shoes can do more harm than good.

Getting a new pair every 300 miles might feel excessive- especially if you’re thrifty by nature. However, leave it too long and those old shoes can cause serious physical problems.

For example, ankle, knee, hip and back pain are all common complaints from people who refuse to change their shoes. There’s just not enough cushioning left to soften the impact involved.

How Often Should You Replace Running Shoes? Now You Know!

Just how often should you replace running shoes? Hopefully, this post has provided the answers you needed.

Looking for the perfect new running shoe, or have further questions? Contact us today and shop Apex Men's and Women's Athletic Footwear today!

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