The right pair of athletic shoes can save you from painful injuries when working out. Whether you're exercising inside a gym or running on outdoor trails, your shoes need to be replaced periodically to ensure your feet are being properly supported. Follow our guide below to decide when it's time to find your next pair.
Gauge Your Activity Level
The amount of time that a pair of athletic shoes will last depends on a few factors. Typically, a pair of shoes will hold up to 500 miles of walking or running. However, those who exercise outdoors may have to replace shoes more frequently. Those who weigh more or have a heavier step may also find that their shoes become worn out more quickly.
Give Your Shoes a Once-Over
Start by simply looking at the shoes to check out the wear and tear. Look past dirt and scuffs. You want to look for parts of the shoe that look stretched out and worn down. Often, worn out shoes will plainly show they're past their prime. Pay special attention to the insole. If you can see a deep indent from your feet, the insoles have started to flatten out which means your feet are getting less cushioning when walking and running.
Pay Attention to Your Body
Your body will help to let you know when it's time to upgrade your gear. Take note of any aches and pains while you exercise. Pain in the legs, hips, back, and feet can all be indications that the cushioning in your shoes isn't doing its job. Blisters and rubbing are also signs that you should consider purchasing a new pair of shoes.
Rotate with a New Pair
When you're comfortable with your go-to pair of shoes, it might be difficult to recognize the signs of wear. A good way to judge the condition of one pair of athletic shoes is to compare them to another pair. Pick up a new pair of shoes and rotate the two. It won't take long to notice the difference between the old and new pair. As a bonus, rotating between pairs will help each to last longer and will allow one pair to air out while you wear the other.
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