How Often To Buy New Running Shoes
How often to buy new running shoes is an important question. Besides your legs and feet, running shoes are likely your most important piece of running equipment. Wicking material clothing is a nice luxury, and running with music is fun, and pacers and gps watches are helpful, but having a supportive, comfortable pair of running shoes makes all the difference in the world!
- Visit a local, reputable sports store to get properly fitted with running shoes. Often, your running shoe is a half to a full size larger than your street shoes. Your best bet is to go to a store that caters specifically to runners. Big sports discount stores may not supply salespeople with the right expertise to fit you with the best shoe for you.
- Everyone is different—body size, running gait, and the surface used to run on, whether it's a treadmill or the great outdoors—will determine how long your shoes last and how often to buy new running shoes.
- In general, expect to replace your running shoes between 300 and 500 miles. After using your running shoes for awhile, your legs and feet will probably tell you when it's getting close to replacement time.
Once you have new running shoes, don't throw away your old shoes. Use them for yard work or find out where you can recycle them.
Don't wear new running shoes right before a race unless you've worn the same brand and style before and are confident they will work for you. Race day is not the day to try out new running gear!