When to replace your running shoes

Runners usually share a close connection with their footwear. Their silhouettes are like their staunch allies shielding and protecting them when they need buffering and lending them the support when they are vulnerable and prone to dangers. Since unrelenting runners lean virtually completely on the capabilities of their running shoes, they develop a very close affinity to them. But when the shoes are involved in the logging of uncountable miles, they definitely endure wear and tear. And when a shoe has weathered the roughest and most grueling of pavements consistently, they suffer from deterioration. This is a hard time for runners because it means that the shoes have reached their maximum lifespan and it’s time to part. And the farewell time can be depressing and disappointing.

If you are a runner or an athlete, you can correlate to the condition very well. But it is essential that you assess the condition of your shoes regularly, maintain them well to increase their lifespan and replace them when they show signs of wear and tear. It is crucial to know when your shoes need replacement because this has a direct impact on your performance and your ability to achieve your targets.


How long are running shoes supposed to last:

Although the lifespan estimate of each particular shoe will vary, usually running shoes last between 310 to 465 miles. The life expectancy of a shoe will also differ for a professional and a novice. Continual usage can bring on the deterioration early. For someone who uses his shoes less frequently, his shoes will support him for many years.


Factors which affect the life expectancy of a running shoe:


If you want to determine the life expectancy of your favorite running pairs, you can do by taking three factors into consideration. These are:


  1. The terrain that you run on:

The lifespan of your shoes is directly proportional to the terrain you run on. The shoes are exclusively built to suit a particular running terrain. So if you want your pairs to go a long way and remain functional for maximum time period, engage them in running on the terrain they are harmonious with. For example if you have bought road running shoes, then avoid using them on hilly terrains or rocky surfaces. And if you want to engage in trail running, buy a premium pair that will be able to weather the challenging hurdles, uneven crevices and nature of the terrains.

The terrain that you run on This image is taken from amazonaws.com


  1. Type of foot strike you have:

Your foot strike also plays an important role in affecting the lifespan of your running shoes. To assess your foot strike, look at the bottom of the shoes. Check whether the shoes are showing signs of wear and tear at the front, middle or heel area. The part which shows most signs of wear and tear will help you determine your foot strike. This knowledge will be helpful in future when you are purchasing a new set of shoes. You will be able to buy the running shoes which will support and endure the shocks more effectively in accordance with your foot strike.

Type of foot strike you have This image is taken from runnerclick.com


  1. Your profile and built:

Your body weight and height is also a key factor which lets you gauge the limit of your shoes because running shoes are built according to a standard runner profile. Choosing shoes which correspond precisely to your profile will increase their chances of showing performance for a longer period of time.

Your profile and built This image is taken from podiumrunner.com


Common signs to alert you that your shoes are reaching their deadline:

Some indicators which alert you that you need new shoes are:


  • Observe the sole:

One of the most important part of the anatomy of the shoes is the treads or grooves located in the soles. The treads will be so worn out that they will become every smooth. And the base-sole shape will undergo a change. This is a clear indicator that they have lost their efficiency. You will also be able to notice the wear and tear in the soles when your shoes will refuse to remain in sync with the natural stride of your feet.

Observe the sole This image is taken from fortune.com


  • The midsole will begin to feel rough and hard:

Press a finger on the midsole of your sneaks and feel their texture. If you sense rigidity in them and they don’t feel spongy and springy, this means they have lost their power to offer you support and cushioning. The hardened material is one of the telltale signs that clearly spells that your shoes need replacement.


  • You will experience new type of discomfort:

If you experience any new kind of pain settling in your knees, hips or ankles it is one of the indicators that the cushioning of your shoes has faded and you need substitutes.

You will experience new type of discomfort This image is taken from healthline.com


  • Blisters and sores keep appearing:

Soreness and stiffness on the feet, blisters on the toes and pain in the soles are signs which mean that your feet need a more powerful and sturdy pair of shoes which provide protection and offer stability. You will also notice that your knees and feet are taking longer time to recover after each run when your shoes are frayed and have reached their maximum limit.


Ways you can adopt to increase the lifespan of your running shoes:

You can take some steps to ensure that the lifespan of your shoes like

  • Maintain their cleanliness and keep them dry. Moisture can cause early deterioration.
  • Keep two to three pairs in rotation. This will allow your shoes to recover and get ventilated.
  • Wear your running shoes only when you head out for running and for no other errand. This will ensure that your shoes are not exposed to unnecessary elemental fraying and waning.


Each of us experiences a keen and strong bonding with our shoes. But it’s also important to pay attention and take note of what your body is telling you. Because to power up your running, maximize your potential while increasing your momentum, you need a resilient and powerful pair of running shoes. And if your old pairs aren’t performing as they should than its time to substitute them and get new ones.