Although the average price of running shoes hasn’t changed much in the last decade, it’s still quite an investment, at about $115-145. Depending on how many miles you run, replacing your shoes could present a significant expense.
There’s some disagreement about how often you should replace your running shoes, as well as what the consequences of keeping them for too long might be.
According to Shoe Manufacturers
Most shoe manufacturers recommend getting new shoes every 200-500 miles. That’s quite a range!
Many factors impact how quickly your shoes wear out, in addition to the miles you put on them. The quality of the materials, the terrain you run on, your weight and foot shape, among other things, impact the lifespan of your shoes.
What Science Says
You’ve probably heard that worn out running shoes lead to injury. That might be true, but it just as well may not be true. The evidence is inconclusive.
An article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine examined how running injuries have changed in the last 40 years, what the relationship between shoes and running injuries is, other factors that may influence running injuries, movement, and what they call “the comfort filter.”
The researchers conclude that one of the most important aspects of choosing or replacing your running shoes is your own comfort. They found, in fact, that if you run in a shoe that you find comfortable, you’re automatically at a lower risk of injury.
The Most Important Factors
When it comes to deciding whether it’s time to replace your running shoes, the most important thing is how your shoes feel to you. If you feel like your shoes are wearing out, replace them.
That may not seem like helpful advice, though. Here are a few signs to look for:
Wear on the Sole
If the tread is worn smooth or the basic shape of the sole has changed, it’s probably time to replace them.
The sides (or upper) of your shoes are showing wear
Sometimes this can reflect a sizing issue, but regardless, if you have wear on the sides of your shoe, it’s time for a new pair.
Wear on the Inside of the Heel
If your foot slides up and down inside your shoe, you may need to tighten your laces, but if that sliding has caused the inside of the heel of your shoe to fray, start shopping for a replacement pair.
There’s Just No Springiness
Even if the outside of your shoes look great, you may need a new pair. The material of the sole can become compressed and lose its springiness and cushioning ability.
If you’re unsure, bring your running shoes in! We’re happy to take a look at them and tell you if it’s time for a new pair. We currently carry Brooks running shoes, and can help you find a size that’s appropriate for you.
Call 817-481-4000 to make your appointment for a fitting with our Shoe Specialist. Take care of your feet so they can take you many more miles.