How to Make Your Running Shoes Last Longer

It's important to replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles, but getting new shoes every couple of months can get expensive. But the better you take care of your running shoes, the longer they'll last. Here are some tips for making your running shoes last longer.

Wear Your Running Shoes Only for Exercise

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Although they may be your most comfortable pair of shoes, don't wear your running shoes for anything other than running or working out. Even if you're just walking around, you're still wearing out the cushioning. You're also exposing them to more sweat, dirt, bacteria, and fungus with every extra hour on your feet. All of those will take a toll on the condition of the shoe upper and insole.

Take Your Running Shoes On and Off Properly

When you're in a rush, it's tempting to try to take your running shoes on and off without undoing the laces. Shoving your foot into the shoe often bends the heel collar, lacing system, and uppers and puts stress on the stitching and glue that holds everything together. Make sure you loosen the laces before you put your shoes on and take them off.

Dry Your Wet Running Shoes Properly

If your shoes get wet, don't put them on direct heat, like on a radiator. Heat dries out the leather, adhesives and other materials in the shoes. To dry your running shoes properly, loosen the laces, take out the insoles, and let them air dry, away from direct heat. To help them dry faster, you can put crumpled-up newspaper inside of them. The newspaper will draw out the moisture, allowing your shoes to dry much faster.

Alternate Two Pairs of Running Shoes

If you run almost every day, it's beneficial to rotate two pairs of running shoes. Your shoes will last longer when you give them a day or two to decompress and dry out between workouts. A good tactic is to start a new pair after you've been wearing a current pair for about a month to six weeks. In this way, you will also notice the difference in cushioning and support between the two pairs, a signal that the oldest pair is ready to be replaced.

Store Your Shoes Properly

Keep your running shoes in a cool, dry place where they can air out properly. Heat is the enemy. You wouldn't leave your dog or child in a hot car, and you shouldn't leave your running shoes in one, either. A gym bag may be a great place to transport your shoes after a gym workout, but it's also a humid environment without air flow. Take them out of the bag so they can air out.

Don't Put Your Running Shoes in the Washing Machine or Clothes Dryer

If you need to clean your shoes, use a scrub brush, mild soap, and cold water, and then let them air dry.

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