Best Time to Replace My Running and Walking Shoes
When should I replace my running and walking shoes?Finding the right shoes can feel like an endless journey. So once you find a comfortable pair of running or walking shoes, it is extremely hard to part ways. Rule of thumb is most running shoes last between 300 to 500 miles and should be replaced every three to six months. So, is it time to replace my running and walking shoes? If your exercise routine consists of walking 30 minutes a day, or an average of 3 to 4 hours a week, consider replacing your shoes every six months. If you are walking 60 minutes a day or an average of 7 hours a week, consider replacing your shoes every three months. After three to six months, shoes lose support and shock absorption, which may leave you prone to injury.
Signs you should retire your shoesMany people wait way too long before they decide to retire their shoes and by the time they do, they are worn out. It is recommended to examine your shoes when they have reached their first three months of usage. When examining your shoes, ignore the mud and dirt. This just means you have been using your shoes. However, you should be concerned with the shoe’s general tear and wear. As you examine your shoes, look for signs such as:
- Worn-out soles on pressure points.
- Stretched out heels or worn more one side than the other.
- Molded foot imprints in the insole of the shoe.
- Display noticeable creasing in the side or bottom of the sole.
- Uppers are broken down around the ankle.
- Shows signs of unevenness when placed on flat surface.