How Often Should Running Shoes Be Replaced? Running shoes are supposed to be comfortable and supportive, but sometimes they can cause more harm than good—especially if they are ill-fitting or worn down.

Runners sometimes wonder, “How often should I replace my running shoes?” The answer to this question really depends on the type and frequency of activity. In general, it is acceptable to change your running shoes every 300-400 miles if you are a frequent runner. However, if you’re not a runner but wear running shoes often, the amount of time that you’ve had the shoes can come into play when deciding when to replace running shoes. In this case, you should change them at least every 6-8 months.

The last thing to consider when replacing running shoes is they type of shoe that you are running with. If you are wearing a “barefoot” type of shoe, the sole may not be as thick and sturdy as a traditional running shoe. In this case, you may find that you need to replace the shoes more often.

Running is a wonderful form of exercise, but can hurt you if you’re not wearing the right type of shoes and running with proper form. If you’ve sustained a running injury—or any other type of foot or ankle injury—contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call our office at 512.328.8900 to learn more about how we can help you hit the ground running again.