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Shoes (Read 867 times)

Matt_Squires


    How often should I replace my shoes? I've heard 6 months....150 miles...Can anyone elaborate for me?


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      Generally the rule of thumb is 6 months/300-500 miles. That said, YMMV. Some (fortunate) people can get well over 500 miles from a shoe, others of us are lucky to get 250. I am about ready to retire a pair of shoes that I really thought I could get over 250 out of, but 216 miles on them and my last several runs have all sucked. Ran over 13 miles in the same shoe model with only ~50 miles and it was MUCH better. So I'm thinking it's probably time to ditch the older ones. I'll try one more run in them to see if maybe it was coincidence that the last few runs in them have been so uncomfortable. k

      Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

      '14 Goals:

      • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

        I generally find that around 400 miles is when my running shoes evolve to "lawn mowing shoes." If I go much over 400 miles, I seem to get the mystery aches and pains. Rather than suffer, I just retire the shoes.
        "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" - Steven Wright
        PWL


        Has been

          I'm a 200-250 guy. It's not so much that they are worn out, I just get bored with them. And I'm a dirty boy shoe whore! (term copyright Kirsten/Zoom-Zoom) Big grin

          "I would never die for my beliefs, because I might be wrong."--Bertrand Russell


          Needs more cowbell!

            Ha! But seriously...I don't know how I'm going to be able to afford to train for a marathon next year. Right now I'm pretty well set on the clothing end of things, but if I finally get down to my goal weight even that won't be the case. 15+#s will definitely make me at least a full size smaller in all of my pants/skirts/tights. Between that and the shoes I had definitely better be making some money...good thing my son just started school so that I can find a job! Tongue k

            Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

            '14 Goals:

            • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

            • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

              I've only been running for just over a year, but I've found that it actually varies from shoe-to-shoe. I had a pair that lasted just 240 miles. I could tell it was time to change it as I wasn't getting any cushioning anymore. I now run in a New Balance shoe designed for high mileage and I used the first pair for 500 miles. They still feel good, but I got a new pair to replace it. I'm reluctant to go over 500 miles, but I will keep it as a backup.
              Derek


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                Derek, which shoe is that? I've run almost exclusively in NBs (including the 1222, which is touted as a "high mileage" trainer) and never managed more than ~250 in any model--and I've worn 3 different models. I think it's more me than the shoes. k

                Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

                '14 Goals:

                • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                va


                  I ran about 475 miles on each of my last 2 pairs of Asics Gel Nimbus VIII shoes.
                    Derek, which shoe is that? I've run almost exclusively in NBs (including the 1222, which is touted as a "high mileage" trainer) and never managed more than ~250 in any model--and I've worn 3 different models. I think it's more me than the shoes. k
                    I run in 1061's which are neutral cushioning shoes. My current pair only has 230 miles on them, but I just ordered a new pair today so I can rotate them. Derek
                    Derek


                    Needs more cowbell!

                      Ahhh...I seem to recall a similar discussion a while back when we came to a bit of a conclusion that stability shoes seem to have more noticeable breakdown issues at lower mileage. I'm wondering if there's some truth to that. It almost seems that my more stable shoes gave me the least mileage. k

                      Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"

                      '14 Goals:

                      • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)