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Life Expectancy of Your Shoes


The cushioning system on a shoe is designed to absorb the impact of your body's force striking the ground, it does this by compressing under load and rebounding as you take the weight off the shoe.  A typical person's foot will strike the ground approximately 1,600 times when walking or running a mile.

Each foot strike requires the cushioning system to compress and rebound and after about 200 miles the cushioning system in most shoes has started to lose its resiliency.  As the cushioning system wears, the body begins to absorb more of the impact force, this puts additional wear and tear on the joints, ligaments and tendons.  Paying attention to the lifespan of your shoe's cushioning system is important to avoid an overuse injury and keep your body healthy so you can enjoy the lifetime benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.

There are several variables that could alter how long your shoe will last. For example, running on a soft surface such as a trail or treadmill will be easier on your shoes than running on hard surfaces such as roads or sidewalks. Also if you wear your shoes for exercise only they will last a lot longer. Alternating between two pairs of shoes is another good way to increase the life of the shoe.

Most running shoes will last up to 500 miles. If you know on average what you typically run a week the chart below will help you figure out roughly when it will be time to invest in a new pair. Be sure to check with a member of our experienced staff to see what shoe best fits your unique foot!  

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