If you’re using them, you’re probably abusing them. When you are getting the most out of your training, you’re getting the most out of your shoes too. Signs of wear and age are found in different places, but the American Academy of Pediatric Sports Medicine have broken it down to a few tell tale spots on your soles which will tell you when to get some new sneaks.
Improper footwear can lead to improper form and injuries. Take care of your tootsies and examine your shoes. Just because they don’t hurt your feet doesn’t meant they aren’t causing damage. Check and replace if…
1. The heel of the sole has worn down toward the midsole.
2. The heel of the sole is worn down more than 4mm on one side.
3. The midsole can compress and no longer support your arches. Midsoles are considered worn out if you see noticeable creases, unevenness on a flat surface, and/ or after 300-500 miles or 45-60 hours of high impact exercise.
4. Looking at the back of the shoe if the heel shank is flexible or leaning to one side, it’s time to replace.
5. Climate and storage effects wear, even if you didn’t meet hours or miles on a particular pair of shoes. If they are over a year old, they must go.
Replacing your sneakers maybe costly in the short term, but that’s nothing compared to a long term injury. Proper shoes for proper form.