Running shoes are an important investment for any runner. They provide support, cushioning, and protection for your feet, and they can help you avoid injuries. But running shoes don’t last forever.
Over time, they will wear out and need to be replaced. However, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your running shoes and get more wear out of them.
Here are some tips on how you can make your running shoes last longer.
Rotate your shoes
If you have two or more pairs of running shoes, alternate between them each time you run. This will give each pair of shoes a chance to rest and recover, and it will also help to extend their lifespan.
Clean your shoes regularly
Dirt, sweat, and debris can build up on your running shoes and cause them to wear out prematurely. Be sure to clean your shoes after any muddy runs, and use a mild soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the materials of your shoes.
If your shoes get wet, let them air dry completely before putting them away. One of the best methods to dry your shoes is to use newspaper.
How to dry shoes using newspaper
- Remove the insoles and laces from your shoes.
- Stuff the shoes with crumpled-up newspaper.
- Place the shoes in a dry, well-ventilated area.
- Replace the newspaper every few hours until the shoes are dry.
- Once the shoes are dry, replace the insoles and laces.
Be patient. It may take several hours, even days, for the shoes to dry completely.
Store your shoes properly
When you’re not using your running shoes, be sure to store them in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or in a humid environment, as this can cause the materials to break down.
When to replace your shoes
The usual recommendation to replace running shoes at 300-500 miles is based on the average runner. However, there are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a running shoe, such as the runner’s weight, running style, and the terrain they run on.
For example, heavier runners will put more wear and tear on their shoes than lighter runners. Similarly, runners who overpronate or supinate will need to replace their shoes more often than runners with a neutral gait. Additionally, runners who run on rough terrain will need to replace their shoes more often than runners who run on smooth surfaces.
As a result, the recommendation to replace running shoes at 300-500 miles may be too low for some runners. If you notice any signs of wear and tear on your shoes, such as a worn-down midsole or a hole in the upper, it might be time to recycle and replace them.
However, if your shoes continue to provide the support and cushioning you need, then repair kits are available that can be used to fix small holes and tears.
By following these tips, you can extend the life of your running shoes and get more wear out of them.