Every runner and athlete has this question of what is the appropriate time for replacing running shoes. This is essential for good health and comfort.
Reasons for replacement
Some individuals have a hard time replacing their running shoes when they feel it is fine, despite some wear and tear. But, the primary reason for the shoe replacement is enhanced injury risk. The longer use of shoes leading to failure of proper support structure and components that the design offered can put you to a greater risk of damage.
What is the period that a running shoe may last?
Estimates vary from one shoe to another. However, with a good condition of running shoes, they generally last from 500kms-750kms or 310 miles-465 miles. For a regular professional or seasoned runner, these shoes may need replacement earlier and more frequently. For a casual runner, they shall last longer. Every runner and their shoes are different.
What impacts the shoe life?
3 primary aspects that have to be considered to assess the shoe lifespan are:
- Terrain-Running terrain is a big factor for lifespan. The lifespan is generally assessed keeping ideal terrain in mind; however, for a trail, road, track, or combining all, the shoe shoes impact a lot more than usual. Use the shoe meant for the terrain it was designed for to last long.
- Style– Running foot strike plays a major role in lifespan. A best-suited shoe is the one that fits your style in the long run. This you can make out by observing the part of wear of the shoe-mid, front, or heel.
- Build- Build of the runner, implying the height and weight of the runner, plays a major role as well. An average runner is kept in mind when designing shoes. So, weight over average may face wear and tear earlier than an average weighted runner. Selecting a suited one for such a build with enhanced support will last longer.
Common signs of replacement time
- Sole-The first sign is observable at the bottom of the sole and overall sole. Shape from Base to sole indicates that it needs a replacement.
- Upper wearing-Sides of the shoe is worn out with sole in good condition can imply that you have selected an inappropriate foot size for your shoe.
- Fraying of internal heel-Early heel breakdown can be a mismatch of size. This can lead to friction and protrusion of the ankle during the run. Retie the shoelace to offer good support at the foot top. This will avoid ankle and heel escape.
- Invisible- with everything looking good outside, the shoe interior may wear, which is invisible. The sole’s springiness is compromised. This assists in shielding knees and cushioning of footfalls.
- Injury/Pain-The major sign of all is comfort while running. If you encounter pain and soreness of shins, feet, and upper back, the shoes need replacement.
Though it is tough to make a decision and let go of the best running shoes that have served you for so long, it is essential to look for signs of wear and tear to have no issues with foot and comfort.