How long do running shoes last?

(9 Posts)
BabCNesbitt Mon 11-May-15 09:34:08

I have a pair of Saucony Trigon shoes that I bought in early 2007, waaay before DD. Since then, I've done the C25k thing a couple of times, and I'm doing that for a third time, but haven't really run much in between that.

I thought they'd still be OK, but they're feeling a bit less "bouncy" than I remembered. But I don't know if that's because I'm just older and I'm now living in a place where every street is a hill! Do you think they're probably still good for another 5k, or should I be seeking out new ones? (I don't have much of a budget for new shoes right now.)

HolgerDanske Mon 11-May-15 09:37:04

Depends on how much you run, how heavy you are on your feet, your running gait, etc.

Rough guide is 350 - 500 miles.

If they're not feeling right I'd get a new pair for sure.

BabCNesbitt Mon 11-May-15 09:48:00

Oof, I have absolutely no idea how many miles I might have run. 22 sessions, half an hour of walking or running each time, and it's the 3rd time I've done it? But yes, you're probably right that if they're not feeling good, I should go shopping.

HolgerDanske Mon 11-May-15 10:13:33

If possible get your gait analysed so that you buy a pair of shoes that actually suits the way you run.

I know it's a pain to spend on running shoes but it's very important to look after your feet. Plus running without adequate support and cushioning can have a knock-on effect on your joints/knees/back and/or cause injuries and long-term problems, so good footwear should be a priority if you're going to carry on over the years.

BabCNesbitt Mon 11-May-15 10:48:48

Thanks, Holger. Yeah, that's true - I wonder, too, if my gait's changed since DD was born. I guess pregnancy and associated weight changes can have an effect on that?

HolgerDanske Mon 11-May-15 10:56:23

Yes it definitely can, I believe it's quite common for feet to 'spread' in pregnancy and in many cases they don't ever go back to the way they were. I imagine this could be due in part to the arch of the foot relaxing a bit. But that's just conjecture as I'm not a trained foot expert or anything. Getting older and being on one's feet more or less than before can also have an effect.

Good luck finding a good, comfortable pair of shoes smile

BlueChampagne Mon 11-May-15 12:58:03

Suspect the running shop will tell you that the materials the shoes are made from are no longer optimal after such a long time. Treat yourself!

HolgerDanske Mon 11-May-15 19:01:53

Yes the materials will have broken down by now and won't at all be fit for purpose, especially if you've been walking in them through the years.

MrsMook Tue 12-May-15 10:30:25

I decided to try running, got some decent trainers and used them about twice before doing a pregnancy test... 4 years and two babies on, they'd been used for general walking and exercise so it was difficult to gauge the wear. They were comfy but looking rather tired so I replaced them before I developed an issue. Toes hanging out of the sides is not a cool look.

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