Ask The Dr. – How Long Before You Replace Running Shoes?

We are honored to have Dr Connors (@DrJohnConnors) a NJ-based podiatrist who works with Olympians and world-record holders around the globe as part of our team. He has a practice in Little Silver and is a huge asset to the NJ running community. It’s an understatement to say we are tremendously excited to have him as part of the family. The good Dr. is AT YOUR SERVICE to answer any running question you have. If you would like his insight, please email us at  dr john connors

This week’s question comes to us from Melissa via Email.

Question…..Dr Connors, I have heard different opinions on how long to keep my running shoes. Can you share your thoughts on that?

Answer from Dr. Connors…..Thank you Melissa. Change your running shoes every 350-400 miles. This is not written in stone but usually when the midsole of the running shoe wears out. I recommend having two pairs of running shoes at the same time so you can alternate. Always check your sneakers for abnormal wear pattern. This can be due to a bio-mechanical issue and /or running on uneven surfaces. The midsole is the most important component of the sneaker. This is what absorbs the impact shock. Once the midsole wears down then the chance of injury increases. Addition…..Just to add to that a little bit. You can track your miles on the Nike Running App, even if you are using 2 sets of sneakers. Also, if you haven’t done so, be sure to go to a good running store with experts  who can ensure you are in the right shoes. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND seeing the team at Runner’s High (in Freehold or Metuchen) as they are as good as it gets.   

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