How often should I replace my running shoes?
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
From Coach: Beginner
What you should know about your most important running gear
How many pairs of running shoes do I need?
If you're running consecutive days, you need more than one pair of shoes. Giving shoes a rest period allows the midsole foam to return to its fully uncompressed condition, which gives you better support and cushioning.
Also, since different types of shoes work better for different types of training – trail shoes for trail runs, lightweight shoes for speedwork, stable shoes for long runs – it can help to have a shoe to match your workout.
How long do running shoes last?
The industry norm says you can log 500 to 800 kilometres before replacing your shoes. Some purists wear shoes for over 1000 kilometres, however. There is no official formula – running surfaces, training patterns, weather conditions, and a runner's style and body type can all affect the breakdown of a running shoe. If your shoes no longer feel supportive and comfortable, you should replace them.
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