How often do you replace your running shoes? Me, I kind of go on feel and an estimation of mileage. I basically switch out my running shoes when I think I have put a lot of mileage on them, they start to look worn or my legs start to get more fatigued than usual. I don’t keep an actual log of the mileage I run in them, but that would be a better idea than just winging it.
A couple of months ago I attended a great event hosted by Shoebuy and had the opportunity to meet Sean, Shoebuy’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising, and learn about all the new athletic shoe trends. Sean has run 4 Boston Marathons AND 1 NYC Marathon, so he an expert on running shoes both personally and professionally! Sean was nice enough to offer his expertise and share his three tips on when to replace your running shoes with the readers of Running, Loving, Living.
Check out Sean’s tips below:
- Most experts will tell you that you want to start evaluating your running shoes once you’ve logged around 350-400 miles. This is generally sound advice, as the key components of a good ride – cushioning in particular – will deteriorate over time. This is good to keep in mind, as most runners aren’t replacing their shoes as often as they should, which can leave you more prone to injury or to simply having bad runs where you’re legs just don’t feel great.
- You can’t really go by how a shoe looks – if you’re out there regularly, you’re going to have dirty shoes that show some wear to the upper fabric and you’ll surely see some wear on the bottom of the shoe. If you’re seeing significant wear, even before the mileage guideline, it may be time for a new pair; and if you’re seeing significant wear in one area of the shoe, it may be an indicator of something – like a pronation issue – that a different pair of running shoes could be a better fit for your biomechanics.
- But the main thing to consider is how you feel during and after your runs in shoes that have seen some good mileage. If you’re feeling more fatigue than you did in runs a month or two before, then it’s time to retire your kicks and get a new pair.
Sean Scales is Shoebuy’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising and leads the company’s athletic and outdoor segments. In this role, Sean is responsible for expanding the value Shoebuy provides to its customers and brand partners in these areas. Additionally, his retail merchandising and distribution operations expertise has been pivotal to the team’s continued growth. He brings nearly twenty years of specialty sporting goods experience to his role, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Arts from SUNY Oswego. In 2008, he was named to the inaugural class of Sporting Goods Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list.
These are some great tips that I plan to put to use going forward. Replacing your running shoes at the right time plays a big role in injury prevention, trust me I know from experience. There is nothing more that a runner hates than injuries that prevent them from running so make sure you use these tips to ensure you are replacing your shoes at the right time!!!!
In addition to these great tips, Shoebuy has offered to give one lucky reader of Running, Loving, Living a $50 gift certificate to use on their site. All you have to do is enter via the form below. Good luck all!
Disclosure: The giveaway is sponsored by Shoebuy.com, I received no other compensation for this post. As always all opinions are 100% my own.