The lifespan of tennis shoes should be measured in distance versus time. The recommended miles on a pair of shoes is between 300-500 miles (500-700km); this includes EITHER walking OR running miles! The higher the quality of shoe, the closer you may be able to stretch it towards that 500-mile mark.
4 Signs that its Time to Ditch the Running Shoes
Do you have a running shoe that offers good support, is comfortable, and makes you FAST (like my son’s light-up sketchers)?
Once you find the perfect shoe, it can be tough to let go. Sometimes it feels like we develop an emotional attachment to our shoes. I still have the shoes I wore during my first marathon chucked in the back of my closet!
I put a lot of miles in those and they served me well! That being said, after all the training and the race itself, those shoes have seen better days.
So, what are some signs that it’s time to ditch the shoes?
If it seems like you are tough on your shoes and they are always needing to be replaced, here are some tips to improve their longevity:
- Buy a couple of pairs that you can alternate between.
- Untie and loosen the laces every time you take your shoes off versus kicking them off with your other foot.
- Let them air out. Sweat and bacteria can build on your shoes, making the material more susceptible to wear.
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the professionals at Apex Physical Therapy!
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DANI ANDERSON PT, DPT, WCS
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