How Often Should You Replace Your Shoes?

by | Nov 30, 2017 | General

Most of us often wait until our shoes look dead before we replace them. But just because our favorite pair of shoes can still be worn, it doesn’t mean it is still safe for us to wear them. Our shoes have a limited lifespan and if we want to avoid any injury while we exercise in the gym or park, we have to replace them when necessary.

The average lifespan of a shoe is 500 miles so how often you replace it depends on how often you use it. By the time you exhaust those miles, make sure you recycle them or use them for other purposes than just exercise.

Miles and Weight Affect Lifespan

A typical athletic shoe is designed to last only 350 to 500 miles, regardless if you use it for walking or running. Once you get past 500 miles, it is unlikely to still get proper support and cushioning from your shoes.

Your weight also affects your shoes’ lifespan. The heavier you are, the faster your shoes deteriorate. For an average person who walks around 30 minutes a day, their shoes should be replaced every 6 months. For someone who walks over 30 minutes a day, they should replace their shoes more frequently or at least cycle them with other pairs.

Shoes Also Age in the Cabinet

If you think you can prolong a shoe’s life by not using them, you are mistaken. Shoes already start aging even before you buy them and they continue to age in between uses. Remember, shoes are glued together, if not stitched, and this glue dries out eventually.

Whether they are still in the warehouse or being displayed in the store, shoes are already aging and their air pockets are slowly dissipating. Keep this in mind when you buy a new pair of shoes, so you can factor these in when choosing which pair to buy. It’s also the reason why most shoe connoisseurs want to buy shoes that are either made by expert artisans or made in the same year they were bought.

But how exactly can you determine the durability and functionality of the shoes? Well, you can always start by asking whether they are the latest model or how long they have been in the store before buying them.

How to Discover When Shoes Need Replacing

I understand that we can’t count miles all the time, so how can we tell when our shoes are unusable? The practical way is to alternate between two pairs of shoes when you hit the gym or do CrossFit training.

When you simultaneously wear two pairs of shoes, you will realize the quality and the difference between these pairs. Plus, rotating shoes allows you to dry them out between uses. Besides, if you keep wearing the same pair of shoes regularly without fully drying it out, you might end up with stinky feet.

Signs Your Shoes Need Replacing

Aside from rotating your gym or CrossFit shoes, there are also other physical signs you can watch out for to know that your shoes are already dead. The first sign is when the heel is already worn down on one side more than the other. If you keep wearing uneven shoes, this could lead to an eventual injury.

The second sign is when there are already wrinkles on either side or the soles of your shoes. This means that the support and cushioning of your shoes are already worn out and it’s time to replace them with a new pair. There is a standard list of shoes that trainers or coaches recommend their trainees to wear.

Wrapping Up

When your shoes no longer provide good support and cushioning, it can lead to shin splints and fractures, among others. Protect yourself from foot and leg pain, as well as injuries.

And remember, mind your shoes’ lifespan from now on.

Sarah Jones

Sarah writes for Kicks Choice. Her goal is to spread leg and foot health awareness so that we can all have full body strength and stability.

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