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When To Replace Your Running Shoes

Please replace your running shoes before they look like this!

Worn Out Shoe

The above is a picture of my wife’s running shoe. Wendy runs periodically so we don’t log the miles for her shoes; maybe we should have.

Wendy had mentioned to me that she felt a few tweaks here and there and thought she may need some new shoes.

I asked her “The shoes aren’t too old, are they?”.

“They are two years old.”

We quickly purchased her some new shoes!

Wendy then showed me the bottom of her shoes. I nearly fell over. First of all, they are extremely worn down. Yikes! You can also observe that the majority of the wear area is towards the outside portion of the shoe. I would say this is probably not the most ideal shoe for Wendy as it would be better to have most of the wear in the middle (ball) portion of the shoe.

I typically replace my shoes approximately every 300 miles (I weigh ~165 lbs). I have tried to stretch out the mileage but have had to deal with some tweaks and even injuries so I don’t even play that game anymore. On the other side of the spectrum, I have heard people say they have up to 1000 miles on their shoes. Maybe they are light as a feather and have perfect bio-mechanics? No sure.

The general rule is replace your shoes every 300-500 miles. Every person is different so listen to your body. Often times your body with give you signals when the shoes have reached their limit.

It may not even hurt to look at the bottom of your shoes every once in a while. I know it would have helped us.

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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