When to replace your running shoes and what to do with the old ones –
A properly structured athletic trainer could be the difference between a good run and a bad one. Of course, running is so much more complicated than that, but the general rule of thumb is to buy a new pair every 300 or so miles. Running in old shoes can result in a variety of ailments as the shoe’s cushioning and structure breaks down, or trauma-related injuries (such as a bone bruise under the metatarsal heads) as the outsole wears thin.
Here is where the tricky part comes in. Depending on how much you run this could range anywhere from 3 months to 6 months or even 3 years, so make sure to roughly track your mileage!
Here are four signs that your shoes may be worn out
1. The tread is showing significant wear in one or more sections of the outsole.
Once you’ve burned through the outer layer of rubber to the point there is no tread or where you can see the next layer of material, it’s time to get new shoes. (The wear-pattern is also an indication of your gait pattern, so if there is considerable wear on one side and little sign of wear on another, it could indicate that you’re imbalanced.)
2. The footbed (aka the sockliner) of your shoes is frayed or worn thin in a certain area.
Most footbeds are rather flimsy and the friction caused from every footstrike will wear away the soft foam and thin layer of fabric over time. Damage to the footbed can result in a change in how the shoe fits, which can lead to slippage, blisters and hot spots during a run.
3. The midsole of the shoe no longer looks the same or absorbs impact the way it used to.
You might notice this by feel, by sight or by manual manipulation. The bottom line is that the foam and plastic components in a midsole tend to get packed out and lose their resilience after a few hundred miles, resulting in a “dead” feeling underfoot, a deformed appearance or a shoe that’s entirely too pliable compared to what it used to be.
4. The shoe’s upper or laces are showing significant signs of wear.
Materials used to build uppers are much more durable than they used to be—it’s doubtful you’ll be poking a hole through the end of the toe box. Normally, standard laces should outlast the life of your running shoes. So if your laces are stretched, frayed or you can’t seem to get them tight enough, it might be a good indication that you’ve run the life out of your shoes.
What to do with your old worn out shoes
1. Reuse: Make them your gardening shoes, or wear on muddy days.
2. Recycle: NIKE REUSE-A-SHOE SHOES DIE. SOLES LIVE ON.
After the championships are won and the confetti has fallen, the shoes are usually thrown out and forgotten. They deserve better than that.
WORN OUT. PLAY ON.
Reuse-a-Shoe grinds down worn out athletic shoes and turns them into new places to play.
WEAR. GRIND. REUSE. REPEAT.
Recycle your old shoes to create more surfaces to wear out new ones.
Nike Grind is also used to make new products like the zipper pull on the Nike Vapor jacket.
3. Donate: Below is one organization that you can donate to, but there are many others.
Help us Wear Out Poverty by simply repurposing your gently worn shoes (any shoes). Get your friends, family and community involved, too.
6530 McCommas Blvd
Dallas, TX 75214