When to Replace Your Athletic Shoes

Worn out athletic shoes can be more of a problem for you than going out and buying a new pair. They can lose their stability and shock absorption, which causes stress in your legs and feet. Track how much you run or walk each week. You should replace your athletic shoes between 350-550 miles, depending on your running style, body weight and the surface you are on. Check the soles of your shoes and the cushioning inside for signs of wear. Shoes with bad cushioning can cause pain in your joints and shin splints.[1]

If you walk frequently, try rotating your running shoes. Breaking in the second pair when you have at least 200 miles in on the first ones helps keep consistent stability for your feet.

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