Replacing ShoesPosted by Stéphanie Noël on November 6, 2022 at 4:43 am
How long do you wear your shoes before getting a new pair? In the past I’ve usually run my shoes into the ground, not replacing them until I see visible signs of wear or damage, which often takes a few years. Do you run a certain amount of miles and then replace them no matter how they look? I’m curious if I’m doing my feet/legs a disservice by not replacing my running shoes often enough.
- 11 Replies
- MemberNovember 7, 2022 at 6:54 am
I’ve become a bit of a shoe fanatic. I’ve got a few pairs so I Never use the same pair two days in a row. When I start to see wear or I start feeling knee or foot pain I’ll retire that pair.
- MemberNovember 7, 2022 at 9:29 am
I’ll wear my running shoes for 300-400 miles before replacing them, but I am very hard on my feet when I run. ? Since walking is lower impact, I find I can get a lot more miles out of shoes I use for that activity.
- MemberNovember 9, 2022 at 4:16 am
I upgraded my shoe over the weekend but I think I’ll keep using the old ones if I know I’m just going to walk. I’m officially ready to let them get dirty now too (they’re white lol)
- MemberNovember 7, 2022 at 6:04 pm
I think I get new ones about every 8 months but I just get them because I will start getting some kind of foot or knee or shin pain which indicates they are done for.
- MemberNovember 8, 2022 at 5:31 am
Ditto what Susan wrote—when there’s signs of wear & tear (check: soles of the shoe, inside lining, outside material), that’s when you should retire them for use when shopping, doing the laundry, etc…& there are organizations that recycle old running sneaks—check & see if there’s one in your area or if your local running store recycles old sneaks
- MemberNovember 8, 2022 at 8:19 am
Thank you for the advice! I’ve been having foot pain since my last big run this weekend and ended up getting a new pair. The old ones don’t have a lot of wear and tear but they’re probably 2 years old, I think I’m over using them. I’m waiting for my foot and shin pain to go away before running in my new shoes but I think they’ll make a big difference! I went from Brooks Adrenaline to Brooks Glycerin GTS, I think I’ve been needing the extra cushion.
- MemberNovember 8, 2022 at 2:07 pm
Another point: IF you live near a running specialty shop, get yourself fitted for the “right” sneaker for your feet…sneaker selection is now a science—there’s sneakers that offer comfort, motion support, stability or a neutral last (for those who don’t need the added support or use orthotics). A sneaker specialty salesperson should be trained in shoe-fitting.
There are also over-the-counter orthotics that are sold in these shops (or you can see a podiatrist & have one fitted for you…they cost $4-600 & generally, aren’t covered by insurance)
- MemberNovember 9, 2022 at 4:14 am
Thanks! I did get fitted and that’s how I found out I have very high arches (I knew they were high… I didn’t know they’re are VERY high lol) they didn’t recommend any inserts but I am planning to visit a podiatrist so I can do everything I can do to keep my feet and legs in good shape so I can keep running ?
- MemberNovember 22, 2022 at 4:57 pm
Good idea, Stephanie!
Fyi: While the orthotics may not be covered by your health insurance, in my opinion, this is an investment in YOU & you’re worth it—and they should last for a few years! When they’re custom-made, most podiatrists don’t charge for adjustments that you may need to make them comfy for your feet! (Ask your Dr to be sure.)
- MemberNovember 22, 2022 at 5:21 pm
Thank you for the advice! I haven’t gone yet, I’m not sure if I need to see my POC first to get a referral and just havent had a chance to figure it out.
- MemberNovember 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm
Glad to help?