Running shoes have a product lifespan. To enjoy running, it is recommended to replace your running shoes when they have reached the end of their product lifespan because their performance will decrease, and this could lead to injuries. Here is a guide to increase their lifespan and how to determine when you should purchase new running shoes.
Wear and tear of the heel area
Point 1 – Shoes can deteriorate even if you haven’t used them/don’t use them frequently
Point 2 - Shoes with worn-out sole may lead to running injuries
When the sole of running shoes become worn out, they get thinner. After you buy running shoes, you should take a picture of the sole thickness with your smartphone. When you think the soles are worn out, take another photo to compare the sole thickness to the soles thickness of the shoes when you first bought them. Decreased sole thickness is a sign that the shoes have become worn out. In addition, the materials of the shoes deteriorate after a certain period of time regardless of the number of times or distance you have run in them, even when you haven’t worn them at all. Running in shoes with deteriorated materials can cause the shoes to fall apart or lead to injuries. Hence, you should replace shoes that have not been worn for a long time.
Furthermore, running in shoes with uneven wear and tear at the soles and heels can negatively affect your running form. Some runners may experience increased stress on their feet or discomfort and difficulty running when they put on new shoes as result of wearing shoes with an uneven wear and tear pattern for a long time. If you feel and/or see that your shoes are unevenly worn out, maybe it’s time for a new pair.
How can I make my running shoes last longer?
Point 1 – Loosen the shoelaces before putting on your shoes
Point 2 – Do not excessively tighten or loosen the shoelaces
To extend the lifespan of your running shoes, it is important to put them on in the proper way. Some people put on their running shoes without loosening or undoing the laces. This is not the correct way to put on your shoes. You should always loosen the laces on running shoes down the lowest eyelet before putting your foot in the shoe. Insert your foot, eliminate the space between your heel and the shoe and tighten the laces one by one, starting with the laces close to your toes. The key is to never make your laces too tight or too loose. No matter how great your shoes are, they will not perform to their full potential unless you put them on in the proper way.