Generally you should replace a pair after 500 to 600 miles. For someone who runs 5 miles 3 times per week, this would equate to a new pair of shoes every 8 to 10 months. |
We generally use the tried and true, scientifically proven, kitchen bench inspection method - If you can make the shoe rock with one finger on the heel counter, or you can see that the midsole has compressed, that is usually a sign that it's time to get a new pair. If the shoe sole is noticeably worn more in one part than another don't wait until you get injured.
To avoid risk of injury close to an event make sure that, if you need new shoes , you have replaced them at least four weeks before a race.
How to choose your running shoe
Trying to find the pair of running shoes that are exactly right for your training can be a daunting task. There are so many models of running shoe out there that it may seem tempting to go for the safest, cheapest option. However, a good pair of running shoes can seriously boost your running training so it's important not to cut corners when buying running shoes.
Consider where you're actually going to be running and buy shoes that will be suitable for the terrain. If most of your training is off-road, then road shoes with built-up heels are unsuitable because you will be more unstable and could potentially turn an ankle. Similarly, a pair of out-and-out fell shoes with deeply studded outsoles will be very uncomfortable on tarmac, as the studs will press into the soles of your feet.
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