How to Tell When It’s Time To Buy a New Pair of Running Shoes


Ann Gabriel | VigorBuddy

When you are an avid fan of running, it is always best to invest in a comfortable and supportive pair of running shoes. However, shoes don’t last forever. Extreme lovers of the sport know that working out with worn out shoes can cause running injuries like runner’s knee. How do we determine if its time to give up on your old dilapidated running shoe and invest in a new pair?

Experts share their sound advice.

It is always best to change your running shoes every 450 kilometers. Wear and tear on your shoes might not be obvious, but considering of buying a new pair every 450 kilometers will always be best, as you will never know exactly when this old pair will give up on you while running. Shoe accidents will always create injuries.

Make sure that you are counting your runs with apps like MapMyRun or Wahoo, or with whatever fitness tracking app is available in Google or iTunes. If you don’t have a smartphone, it is best to record your runs on a logbook, simply to monitor your achievement and to track the distances that you’ve run with your current pair.

When the pain sets in.

When you begin to feel pain in your shin on on your knees, this could be the signal that you’ve been waiting for. If you feel pain in the lower parts of your legs, this is already an indication that you’ll be needing a new pair soon.

No, we don’t advise you to throw away that old pair. You could still use them for leisurely walks or doing errands. You may use them in not so strenous running efforts.

The look says it all.

Check three areas on the shoe. The sole, the tread, and the exterior fabric.

The first thing to check is the cushioning on the sole. If it already looks worn down, change it.

Second is the tread of the shoe. If the bottom of the shoe appears flat and smooth, chances are your soles have lost their support and cushioning. Any holes that appear in the shoe’s exterior fabric sends the message that your shoe needs to be replaced immediately.

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