How Long Do Running Shoes Last?

Running shoes are tough. But they don't last forever. Running shoes take a beating under our feet, bake on the asphalt and get caked in mud (not to mention sweat).

The outsoles begin to go bald and the cushy foam gets compressed under our weight. When shoes are on their last legs, they lose the ability to protect your feet and joints from the repetitive impact of running, which can lead to increased soreness and injury. So, it’s important to replace your kicks at regular intervals.

How to Extend the Life of Running Shoes running on waterfront

Even though running shoes will eventually wear out, you don’t want to send them into an early retirement. Like making a sports bra last or preventing running injuries, you’ll get more miles out of your running shoes if you take care of them properly.

 

putting on shoesHow to Tell if Running Shoes are Worn Out

Sometimes the eyeball test will tell you all you need to know about the age of your shoes, but other times worn out shoes might not be so obvious. If your shoes aren’t telling you they’re ready to be retired, your body might provide clues.

 

Here are some signs that your running shoes are ready for a slower life of mowing the lawn:

How Many Miles Do Running Shoes Last? saucony triumph in store

Tire companies recommend replacing many popular tires around 60,000 miles, and your engine oil should be swapped when you’ve driven 5,000 miles. But what about your running shoes?

If you keep track of the miles you run in each pair, most high-quality running shoes should be replaced between 300 and 500 miles, though that number is lower for race-day shoes, which are designed to be lighter and faster. Top running shoe brands recommend those intervals based on when the materials start to deteriorate, even if the signs aren’t easily visible.

So, if your old slippers are creeping up in miles, it might be time to choose a new pair of running shoes.

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