In part one of we investigated when you should buy new running shoes. We talked about the midshoe breakdown and the importance of this part of a running shoe, and how it can deteriorate and be extremely damaging to your feet, ankles and knees.
In this post we are going to look at other contributing factors that mean you have to change your running shoes before they cause damage and injury.
Four Important Contributory Factors
- Your weight – an important factor to the speed of your shoes being degraded. Heavier athletes will compress their midsoles faster than slighter runners.
- Your running style – the way you run will also have an impact on shoe degradation, your running style matters greatly and those that have an efficient stride and in effect are lighter on their feet will be easier on their shoes as they do not land heavily on the ground.
- Where you run – the terrain you run on will also take its toll on your shoes, road runners will find more friction than those who run on grass or the dirt.
- What brand of shoe you have – different manufacturers use different types and qualities of materials. Sometimes inferior or minimalist shoes will wear out quicker.
Indicators You Need to Buy New Shoes
It may not be noticeable that your running shoes need to be replaced, from just looking at them they may have no holes or abrasions, but this does not need they are in okay condition. But there are good indicators that the condition of your footwear is below ok.
If your shoes have started to feel flat and that you have started to notice more aches and pains in your lower legs this probably means your shoes are in a need of throwing away.
The basic wear-and-tear signals are:
- Worn outer sole which is bald like a truck tire
- Visible cracks or creases in the midsole region
- The heel has become less supportive
- Any tears in the upper part of the shoe.
- The sole of the shoe is visibly worn.
- The midsole is not as springy as it once was.
If you are not convinced to part with your money, go into a sports store and try on exactly the same pair of shoes, see if you notice any difference if they are more supportive and springy.
How to Make Your Shoes Last Longer
What are the best ways of making your expensive running shoes last longer? This suggestion may sound mad but it does work if you can afford to buy two or three pairs of shoes at the same time. Having a couple of pairs for a serious runner can alleviate the stress of a single pair.
Switch the kind of surfaces you run on, grass and dirt can be a lot easier on your shoes than the road or pavement all the time. Running on softer surfaces means that your shoe does not work as hard to protect or cushion your feet.
Finally, only use your running shoes for running, not going on errands to the shops etc. These tips should help you notice the problems of your footwear and when to replace them.