Do you have trouble deciding when to buy a new pair of running or walking shoes? Here are some quick and easy tips that will help you determine whether it's time to head over to St. Pete Running Company and replace that old pair with a fresh new pair.


1. Soles are visibly worn down

Look for the obvious signs of wear and tear. Check the soles of the shoes. Depending on where your foot strikes the ground, you will see certain areas that have more wear than others. Focus on those areas (wrinkles in the midsole), not the rest of the shoe that may appear to be unused. Also, if there is a sensation of “flatness” or “deadness" where the shoe doesn’t have the bounce that it once did, that can also be an indicator.


2. Bilateral pain in the shins or knees

This is a common occurrence when a pair of shoes has lived a long and complete life. Bilateral pain in both legs during a run (both legs have similar aches/pains in the same area) can indicate the need for a new pair of running or walking shoes.


3. Bottom of feet are hurting

Shoe cushioning does wear down with time, and it's different with every type of shoe. During a walk or run, if it feels like your feet are getting a rub down that you didn't ask for, it might be time to come in to SPRC and find a pair of shoes with its full cushioning firmly in place. Your feet will thank you.


4. You walked/ran/jogged up to 500 miles


Most running shoes will last between 300 and 500 miles. Minimalist shoes and racing flats have less material underfoot and are generally less durable, so they will typically last from 200 to 400 miles.


5. You bought the shoes six months ago or more

Every runner has a different weight and foot strike, both of which affect the cushioning of shoes. If the mileage rule is too difficult to keep track of, a general rule of thumb is to get new running shoes every six months. While some shoes wear down a little faster than others, here at SPRC we recommend that any pair turning 6-months old should be replaced.


What's the solution?

Come in to St. Pete Running Company and replace those worn down shoes. We have a donation bin for the old pair, and we'll be happy to bring you the same pair if you still like them, or fit you for a new pair.



Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.