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Is It Time for New Workout Shoes

By Sara Butler

You spend a lot of time in your workout shoes – you might even say you’ve formed a bond. After all, you’ve probably walked, jogged or run miles with each other. Plus, shoes just don’t get broken in overnight! As difficult as it may be to separate from your workout shoes, it might just be time. If you spend too long in a pair of shoes that have worn out their welcome, you risk injury – the last thing you want to happen. Here’s how you know it’s time for you and your workout shoes to part ways.

How Many Miles Have You Gone?

Workout shoes, whether you use them for running, jogging or walking, are only good for 300 to 400 miles before they need to be replaced. The shoes may not even look like they’ve gone that far and could be holding up great, but that doesn’t mean you should put off replacing them.

Depending on the type of workout you do, you may need to replace your shoes as often as every two months. Just make sure you keep track of approximately how many miles you go per week to help you keep track.

You’ve Got Aches. And Pains

If you’re happily training just as you’ve done countless other times but suddenly have an ache or pain pop up, it might have to do with your shoes. Shin splints are a common injury runners suffer from, and one of the most common causes of shin splints is shoes that have worn out their welcome.

If you notice new sensations, it might be time to switch up your work routine and get a new pair of shoes. If you have a sentimental attachment to your shoes you don’t have to get rid of them altogether, simply use them for running errands instead of running races.

The Shoes Are Starting to Look Shabby

There are a few clues to look for on your shoes that may indicate it times to get a new pair. You should look at the cushioning, the tread, and the exterior fabric.

Generally speaking, the cushioning of the shoes is the first thing to break down since they are designed to absorb shock. The problem is this wear isn’t always completely obvious. Look for a lopsided appearance or the feeling of pressure on one part of your foot more than the other.

The next part to wear out is normally the tread, which can be a bit easier to spot. Any area on the bottom of the shoe that looks worn, flat and smooth means the sole is shot and not able to provide you with the support and cushioning you need.

Finally, if you notice holes in the outside fabric of the shoe it’s a sure sign that those shoes need to be retired to that big footlocker in the sky.

What do you think, is it time for a new pair of workout shoes in your life?

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