How often should you change your running shoes? Let’s go over a few things, so you know the best time to switch to a new pair…
- Run your mileage. The biggest factor determining the age of your running shoes is the number of miles you have covered. Keep in mind that the average pair of running shoes should give you a value of 300 to 500 miles, and this can give you a relatively good indication of how long you can go. If you’re running 20 miles a week, that should equate to about 15 to 25 weeks of use.
Keeping track of your mileage, whether running or walking, is important so you know when you’re running out of time in this pair of running shoes. If you do most of these miles on the treadmill, your shoes may look new, but keep in mind that the lining they have may not be new.
- Your body weight. The next factor to consider is your body weight. In general, the heavier you are, the faster your shoes will wear out. There will be more tension with each step you take, especially the wear of the padding as you run.
If you weigh more than 150 pounds, you may only hit the 300 mile mark in your shoes, while if you weigh less than 150 pounds, you may be closer to the 500 mile mark.
You will have to judge for yourself how your shoes feel as you run in them day in and day out. If you start noticing joint pain, this is a good sign that it is time to replace those shoes with a new pair.
- Where do you work? Finally, think about where you work. Do you run mostly in open areas or do you run in forests and off-roads? If what you do is basically flat road racing; You can get a little longer life out of your shoes than if you are running on uneven ground. The support and hold of your shoe will be tested further in those scenarios, resulting in faster wear.