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4 signs it's time to replace your Running shoes

As we know, your running shoes can make or break your workout. Whether you use your running shoes for a high intensity cross fit session, a long-distance marathon or running at school, you never want to fear that your shoes are going to disrupt your performance.

It can be hard to come to terms with the fact that you need new running shoes, especially ones that may have gotten you through the hardest times and the longest runs. This is your sign to freshen up your running shoe collection and make memories with a new pair. It’s important to consider the key components of if your shoes need replacing.


Technology is always evolving, and so are running shoes. Check out the latest styles such as:

Hoka Bondi 8 Mens
Hoka Bondi 8 Mens
Asics Gel-Kayano 29 Womens
Asics Gel-Kayano 29 Womens
Side view of New Balance sneaker
New Balance Fresh Foam 880 V12 Mens

These styles have all been engineered with the latest technology and offer great features such foam Midsoles, Extended Heel Tab’s and more. All features of each running shoe aids in the comfort of your run optimising the distance and overall effectiveness.

Risk of Injury:

So, why are using old running shoes so harmful? Running with old shoes can expose you or make you more susceptible to injury. Here at The Athlete's Foot, we recommend you check your shoes around the 8–10 month mark. If you’re a frequent or long-distance runner, changing out your runners every 8-10 months is no surprise. If you have had them for more than 12 months then you should be replacing them, even if they have sat in the cupboard all that time. Unfortunately, shoes have a ‘shelf life’ too.

Here are some things to look out for when deciding if your shoes are too old:

  • MIDSOLE: One of the most important features on a running shoe. Check if the midsole which is the cushioned material in the middle still has any 'bounce' left to it.
  • UPPER: Check if the upper feels tight or is it stretched out and not well fit to your foot.
  • AGE: How old are your shoes?
  • OUTSOLE: Check if the outsole or tread has worn out. This is a clear indication that these shoes need to be replaced.

So, make sure to follow up on these key components as a preventative. That way, you can do what you want at the time that you want.

Your feet/body might have changed

Your body, fitness and feet do change so if you’re starting your running journey and taking out your shoes which you purchased 3 years ago may not be the best option. For the ultimate comfort on your running journey, it’s best to have shoes which suit you and your current body/fitness needs. Whether you’ve improved your fitness or dropped off a little bit, there’s always a running shoe that’s right for the current you, so get fitted and let The Athlete’s Foot help you out!

Running style

What running style you have is important to know to ensure that you have running shoes that have correct features for you. For Example, if you have a flatfoot you may need a shoe with a more curved midsole or if you have feet that roll inwards/outwards, you may need that helps your feet stay stable when you’re running. Of course, you can always get assistance at The Athlete’s Foot by having your running style tested with our MyFit Technology.

Looking for a new pair of shoes, make sure to visit our never-ending New Arrivals, also don't forget to check some last pairs on Sale. Finding the best new pair for you can be made easier by heading into one of our The Athlete’s Foot Stores and checking out our MyFit 3D system which allows your feet to be 3D scanned whilst you step across a pressure pad. It ensures we find you the best fitted running shoe and showcase shoes which align with your needs.

4 signs it's time to replace your Running shoes
Posted on 04-04-2021
By TheAtheletesFoot
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