As far as running is concerned, your running shoes are probably the most important gear. Like all runners, you too know that the ideal place to buy your running shoes is a specialty store because there are experts to guide you if not answer all your questions. On the same note, it’s important that you know when the time is ripe for you to replace those running shoes. Well, if you don’t know how to tell when a replacement is required, here is how to do just that.

1. Cumulative mileage

Well, this might not be new to you but in case you’ve forgotten, the mileage rule requires that you should replace your running shoes after covering an accumulative mileage of 250 to 500 miles. The problem is that many people don’t know how to estimate or tell exactly the number of mileage they cover. If that’s the case, then check out the following tips.

  • It’s advisable that you record the mileage you cover in every run in a running journal and always remember to add the total at the end of your running in order to know the accumulative mileage.
  • After every run, keep the mileage record in a spreadsheet, which has a SUM formula.
  • Calculate the total distance you’ve covered in a week and then divide the answer by 250 to 500 mile so that you know how long or how many weeks are left before you replace your running shoes.
  • It’s even easier when you’re training as a group. You’ll be able to get the mileage from the printout schedule of a particular training season. This is probably the easiest if not quickest way to get accumulated mileage and you can use the schedule to predict or tell exactly when you’ll need to buy another running shoe. In that way, you can plan and budget accordingly.

2. Shoe age

The rule as per the age of the running shoe states that you should replace it after six months. I know this might sound like something directed to benefit the shoemakers and dealers but that’s not the case. Let’s face the truth. The material of running shoes does not have ability to stay for ages and that’s one of the aging factors. Unlike car tires, running shoes are worn out very easily and even if you don’t use them most of the times, the material will still deteriorate as it slowly lose its ability to protect as well as support your feet while you’re on the road. Another factor that affects the aging is your perspiration rate. The more profusely your feet sweat the faster your running shoes will age and vice versa. That’s because sweat, just like water, is a nuisance to your shoe material and it breaks it down more easily.

3. Wear

You’ll know that it’s high time you replaced your running shoes when you note uneven wear on the sole. It doesn’t matter whether your hoes are still young or haven’t covered the expected mileage but even a substantial wear should warrant a replacement. No matter the cause, the bottom line is that you have to replace it when you see a wear on the sole irrespective of the cause.

4. Abuse

You sometimes expose your running shoes to destructors that may mark the end of its time. In most cases, it’s accidental and sometimes it’s due to ignorance. For instance, you can accidentally run on hot tar and whether you like it or not, it marks the end of your shoes and therefore you must replace them. Again, if you accidentally run on wet concrete and you don’t clean it until it dries up, you’ll have no option but to buy another one. Sometimes, you can step n a sharp object that cuts the sole of one of your shoe. In that case, it won’t be protective anymore and don’t get annoyed because the shoe just did its work but instead, go for another one. Were it not for it, your foot could have been injured badly. If at all you’ve been using a cloth dryer to dry your running shoes after cleaning them, then it’s time to replace them because dryer has destroyed the material.

5. When it causes pain

Even if you’re running shoes are young and have low mileage, replace them if they cause pain on your feet, knees, or elsewhere.