By now, you’ve put hundreds of thousands of steps on those trusty shoes of yours. You’ve formed a bond with them. Each morning, they wait patiently by the door for you to step in and hit the pavement.
So what happens when they don’t feel as great as they used to?
Sneakers are awesome but they don’t live forever. The materials that they’re made of eventually compress and break down, which means you need to replace them.
Generally, running and walking shoes last about 300-500 miles. New and evolving cushioning technology is giving shoes more durability, so we’re leaning closer to that 500-mile threshold.
500 miles seems like an impossibly long distance – but it’s easier to get there than you think. This mileage total is not exclusive to your “exercise” walks and runs. Any mileage that you put on the shoe counts. So if you’re wearing them around all day everyday, shoes will wear down a lot more quickly than you think.
If you’re putting 10 miles per week on the shoes, they should be replaced every year (10 miles x 52 weeks = 520 miles). But you’re probably putting a lot more than 10 miles per week on them. 10,000 steps a day equals approximately 5 miles. And that’s just one day!
Of course, the easiest way to determine that you need new shoes is by looking at the outsole. Has the tread worn down, even a little bit? Guess what – this is the most durable part of the shoe. So long before the outsole shows wear, you’ve likely lost your cushioning and support. Don’t wait until you can visibly see the wear on the bottom of your shoes!
We generally recommend that around the four- to six-month mark, start thinking about re-upping your shoes. And start paying a little more attention to your body. Do you feel achier than usual? Do your feet hurt after your walk or run? Those are classic signs that the shoe isn’t getting it done for you anymore.