Best running shoes and how often you replace them?

  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 13, 2013 8:35 AM GMT
    Recently I switched from Asics to New Balance as NB were cheaper and the guy in the sports shop convinced me there wasn't much difference. Pains began to appear in my left foot so I've gone and invested in some Asics again.

    But I am wondering what the majority of runners here actually use to run, and how often do you replace them? I tend to replace a cheaper pair of Asics every three - five months, after reading that it is best to get a cheap pair of good running shoes and replace them often.

    How often do you replace them then?
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    Apr 13, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    working with shoes daily, i can tell you that picking out a pair of shoes will always be unique to you. never pick a pair thinking they will "loosen" up later, as when you are hiking or running your foot can swell and will need that extra room anyway. if in the store it hurts, don't buy it; it will only feel worse later when your foot is sensitive from running and it will cause blisters.
    both new balance and asics are great for different people, as they sit on the foot differently. take new balance: the number following new balance isn't just a model number, but a rating on how high the arch is.

    personally, i use the vibram five fingers for running and working out in (when i am not in climbing shoes). Vibram soles use thinner layers but more of them to provide better comfort and protection. now you can get vibram soles on almost any brand of shoe, but their five fingers make for a better running experience. As i dont really run as often as i should, i am prone to replace them once a year, but they still seem to last longer than other running shoes.
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    Apr 13, 2013 2:04 PM GMT
    I'm a Cross Country/Track coach and tell my kids to get the shoes that are right for they're foot and strike pattern, not something that looks cool. That being said, some manufacturers are beginning to make better looking shoes.

    Go to a running specialist store to find what's best for you. If that's not possible, check http://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes-gear/running-shoes for a quick at home test and list of what's available in the resulting category.

    As for duration, it's not a matter of time, it's a matter of miles. I recommend getting shoes every 350 - 500 miles. It varies a bit from shoe to shoe and what surfaces you run on.
  • vodka_cran

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    Apr 13, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    I will second the previous poster's advice, go get fitted for shoes. That is the number one best thing you can do when you get started running. It's not about looks, it's about how the shoe feels. It maybe more expensive when you go get fitted, but after you buy that pair, you can always find it next time online. A good fitting should take between 30-60 minutes.

    General wisdom about when to replace shoes is every 300-500 miles, but it is all dependent on the shoe. What you should do is buy a pair, wear it for 150 miles, and then add another pair into rotation. You will be able to tell more easily when the original pair needs to be retired. Then you just buy a pair to replace the old one, and continue having two shoes in rotation.

    The other thing to watch is distance. If I am doing shorter distances, I can wear a pair longer, because pain wont develope a quickly. However, if I am doing a marathon distance, I have to be sure I have shoes that aren't ready to be retired. There is nothing worse than getting halfway through a race and realizing that you need to replace your shoes...

    As for brands, I've had good experiences with brooks and mizuno. I had a pair of saucany which were great when I first got them, but wore out really quickly.
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    A good pair of running shoes should last about 300 miles, but pay attention to the soles. If you don't feel the bounce, the tread is worn away and the sole itself has creases where it meets the shoe, it's time to replace them.
  • Ironman4U

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    Apr 13, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    I replace my running shoes about every 300 miles give or take. I'm a fan of Brooks running shoes. I like Saucony too. Have worn one or the other for the past 20 years.

    As mentioned above, go to a running store and get them to find the right shoe for your gait and foot plant if you want to run injury free. The right shoe is an investment that's worth every penny.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 14, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    I use Merrell's training shoes, a minimalist shoe with the Vibram "barefoot" soles but with an enclosed top just like regular shoes. Love them, they've completely strengthened my legs:



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    Apr 14, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    rather than rely on the opinions of others who, while potentially spot-on, may have vastly different running styles/environments/habits, I would recommend you find a specialty shop locally. Their clerks are paid to know much more than the typical buyer and will be able to select a pair for you based on things such as where your main loads are on your feet, arch type, how serious you are, what kind of terrain you plan on covering, etc.

    (I love Varsity Sports on Magazine Street in NOLA)
  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 14, 2013 9:05 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone for your advice. I did get tested and find out I have a neutral gait so probably don't need a high arch. I DID begin to notice that with the New Balance it felt like it wasn't cushioned enough after a while.

    Cheers people, will have another re-read and take it from there. Maybe will have to miss this Half marathon but hopefully be out again soon...
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:37 AM GMT
    The last pair I bough was Mizuno (hope I'm spelling it correctly) - anyway they worked well for me, and I would consider them again.
  • Danskerb

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    Apr 14, 2013 1:27 PM GMT
    wow, people change their shoes every 300 miles ??

    My shoes are probably 2 years old now, and I run about 5 miles a day....
    I think i need a new pair. I've also had my shoes soaked, more than once. I've ran in them barefoot, and with socks... I never got tested for shoes before either. just walked around the store in them and made sure they felt good.