Running shoes are one of the most important pieces of gear for any runner. They provide support, cushioning, and traction, all of which are essential for preventing injuries and running your best. But how often should you change your running shoes?
The general rule of thumb is to replace your running shoes every 300 to 500 miles. This is because the midsole cushioning in running shoes breaks down over time, and once it’s gone, your shoes are no longer providing the same level of support and protection.
However, there are a few factors that can affect how often you need to replace your running shoes, including:
- How often you run. If you run more often, you’ll need to replace your shoes more often.
- How much you weigh. Heavier runners put more stress on their shoes, so they’ll need to replace them more often.
- The type of surface you run on. If you run on hard surfaces, like concrete, you’ll need to replace your shoes more often.
- Your running style. If you have a pronating or supinated gait, you may need to replace your shoes more often.
If you’re not sure when to replace your running shoes, it’s always a good idea to stop by your local A Snail’s Pace to have one of our expert staff members take a look. They will be able to determine if your shoes are still providing the support and protection you need.
Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace your running shoes:
- The midsole cushioning is worn down.
- The outsole is worn through.
- The shoe is no longer comfortable.
- You’re experiencing pain in your feet, legs, or back.
If you see any of these signs, it’s time to get a new pair of running shoes. By replacing your shoes regularly, you can help prevent injuries and keep running pain-free. We’re here to help you keep moving comfortably!