Changing your running shoes - Knowing when is the right time

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HIGHLIGHTS

• All running shoes wear out eventually

• Once they do, they lose their effectiveness

• Change your running shoes after 450 to 550 miles

• Keep a mileage log so you get an accurate record of their use

• Otherwise look out for some obvious signs of wear


Podiatrist and ASICS PRO Team member Clifton Bradeley explains when and why you should be thinking about changing your shoes.

"When you take your new ASICS running shoes out of the box all pristine and clean, they are also at their most protective and supportive. 

Like any product used regularly, they will wear out eventually. How quickly this happens is determined by your mileage, body weight and foot type."

  • Running on the road all of the time will wear out your shoes quicker than running off-road
  • Running in excessively worn running shoes may increase your risk of repetitive injuries in the feet, legs and pelvis
  • A heavy overpronator who runs daily will wear their shoes out faster than say a lighter, neutral runner who runs every other day

"I would recommend you change your running shoes between 450 to 550 miles."

Apart from keeping a mileage log, there are a few tell-tale signs to help you decide when to buy your next shoes:

  • The outer sole has worn through to the white midsole
  • The midsole feels too soft and collapses easily under pressure. You may see longitudinal creases in the midsole
  • The heel counter becomes mobile and less supportive
  • Your toes wear through the toe-box, and the shoe upper tears
  • One shoe sole becomes asymmetrically worn compared with the other
  • One or both shoes no longer stand up straight when placed on a flat surface

If you identify one or more of these factors visit a specialist running store and take your old running shoe to have an expert opinion and new shoes fitted.

 


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