This is probably a stupid question but other than grubbiness, the soles of my running shoes still look new. How can you tell if they're still supporting you correctly and so forth? I've had them for about ten months and run just over 800km in them (i think? About 20km a week anyway) which is waaaay more than the recommended 3 - 500km. Or is that recommendation just designed to get you to buy new shoes...?
How do you know when your shoes are worn out? - Bridge to 10K
It’s a very good question! Mine were ‘given’ approx 1200km and l did around 1600km and felt they were a bit ‘flat’, less bouncy and supportive. The initial info came from gait analysis guys who had no way of knowing where I would go next. I got back to them though, and they again picked a pair that worked great for me. The prices were below the top range, it was about what could fit size 11 with wide top. They literary helped me get the right gear.
All my shoes have holes in the toes, where my toes peep through. MY toes usually break through very quickly. Dorsiflexion or summink
You generally know when your shoe is done. They lose their Ooomph, their bounce and feel flat and unresponsive Some signs are obviously like excessive wear on the soles.
You can keep wearing them afterwards though, just not for running, - if they’re not too bad that is I just washed two pairs, having retired them. They’re ok for knocking about in
I log the miles on my shoes! every time i download a run, the distance on the particular shoes gets logged.
Turn your shoes upside down. Running shoes are made with treads in just like tyres. You will be able to tell if any of the tread is worn down just by looking. With mine the inside back goes first and I start to get a little knee niggle when they need replacing. When you get near the time it is a good idea just to check the treads every couple of weeks.
I read somewhere someone who buys their “next shoes” soon after buying their current ones. Every month they do one run in the next shoes and this helps them spot when the old ones have lost their support.
Expensive at the start but once you’ve got going on that process you spread out the purchases just about the same gaps as if you only bought the new ones when you need them - you just have a spare pair of shoes.
Yes I take mine to a running shop and ask them. They always do the twist test after looking at the tread.
I always need new something; I just didn't know if it was shoes... I bought two news pairs of capris and a running vest last week but I have been resisting the pull slightly, not least cos the hubby said he owed me a treat...and I was wondering whether it was shoes... And now I know it was two pairs!!!
Shoes are worn out when the pull of new shoes becomes stronger than the ability to resist buying them Alternatively find more and more niche reasons for buying them, ie "well these are special trainers for running down scree" or "trainers for days with a y in them" etc. Then you can justify multiple contiguous pairs