3 ways to tell if your shoes are on their last legs

Are you an active runner? Do you care about your legs and joints? Well… one of the most important things in your control is the quality and state of your running shoes. According to verywellfit.com, active runners and walkers should replace their shoes every 3-6 months, depending on how often you run and other factors. Consistent wear can cause the cushioning to compress within a few months, so in order to ensure the best comfort and performance possible, it’s important to take notice and care of the condition of your shoes.

“A good rule of thumb is to replace your shoes every 300-400 miles, depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run. Lighter runners can get new shoes at the upper end of the recommendation, while heavier runners should consider replacement closer to 300 miles.”

You might be wondering… aside from the time you’ve had your shoes and the mileage you’ve put on them, how can you tell if your shoes are on their last legs? Here are a few tips and things to look for when assessing the state of your shoes:

  1. Do your joints ache and are your feet feeling tired or sore after wear and activities that were previously completed in comfort?
  2. Are the materials buckling or breaking?
  3. Is the sole tread pattern on the bottom of the shoe worn down, and is the heel more worn on one side than the other?
Old vs new sole tread pattern
Worn heel compression

Even if your shoes look okay on the outside, you may not be receiving the best cushioning and support if it’s been some months since you bought them. One of our mottos at Big River is “take care”. Take care of yourself and take care of others. So do your legs and joints a favor and get a new pair of shoes if you’ve run them into the ground. And in the event you decide to get your shoes from Big River, well… we’ll take care of you 🙂