Choosing the right pair of running shoes can make all the difference. With so many brands, styles, and functions, the options for shoe wear are endless! However, it’s important to pick the right pair for your feet to avoid injuries and discomfort while exercising. If you're not sure how to purchase running shoes or if you're not convinced you need to retire your current pair, follow these tips to make sure you're running with the right shoes!
1. Change your running shoes every 300-500 miles
If you’re noticing that your trusted pair of running shoes doesn’t feel the same anymore and it’s impacting your exercise, you may want to consider replacing your shoes. Our friends at Rhode Runner say that there are a few tell-tale signs that your shoes are wearing out. They advise you to check the foam on the sides of the shoe, from heel to toe, to see how compressed it feels. If you notice that the sole of the shoe feels flat, it’s time to look for a new pair! To avoid pain and discomfort, a good rule of thumb is to change your running shoes every 300-500 miles, not just based on how long ago you bought them.
2. Save your running shoes for running
Since we know that you want to keep your running shoes for 300-500 miles, it’s important to think about how you’re using them. Many times, running shoes are an investment, so treat them like it! If you like to wear sneakers while you’re out and about, find a pair of casual sneakers that will keep your feet comfortable and supported at a lower price tag. When you keep the purpose of your running shoes to simply running, you’re extending the life of your shoes, which means that you have to replace them less often!
3. Rotate out 2 pairs of running shoes
Dedicated and experienced runners may benefit from rotating out 2 pairs of running shoes. Rotating shoes will give the foam on each sole enough time to decompress so it can best support your feet. If you’re a frequent runner, you may choose to rotate a few pairs of shoes depending on the type of run, the terrain, and the time in between runs. Not only will this extend the life of the shoe, but it will also decrease the risk of injury in the runner!