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When To Replace Running Shoes

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Jenn Leonard is the voice behind local running blog RunsWithPugs. She has lived in Northeast Florida for almost ten years, with her husband, son and grumble of pugs.

For most runners, there’s nothing quite like the feel of lacing up a pair of brand new shoes. And while it’s nice to add to the rotation just because, regularly replacing shoes is an integral part of preventing injury and enjoying the sport.


Most running shoes are designed to handle about 400 miles. This is the time when treads and outsoles have worn thin, cushioning has compressed and the shoes are no longer providing protection or performing at their best.

Pain or discomfort are huge indicators. Shin splints or sore knees and hips,are some signs that your running shoes are no longer making the grade.

Worn out uppers can lead to blisters, chafing and bruised toenails. A fresh pair of shoes can help minimize any irritations and allow for more complaint-free running.