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When is it time for new shoes?

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    I have a question about running shoes. I have ran around 700km in current shoes and visually there is nothing wrong with the shoe (rubber is in good form). Problem is with black toenails when doing tempo runs. It wasn’t an issue when shoe was fresh.

    When do you usually switch the shoe?
    Maybe use 2 pairs of shoes – the older shoe is still good for longer and slower runs and buy new shoe for faster runs?

    Great to hear your opinions.
    Thanks in advance.


    I have ten pair of shoes active on my Training Peaks log. Most I have had for years and still use. But I use a different shoe almost every day depending on the run (or race) and never use my running shoes for anything but training or racing.

    My most active shoe has 1900 KM of wear – multiple applications of shoe goo to extend the soles; and I keep a shoe horn handy to avoid damaging the uppers. All of my shoes are still useable.

    Most important to me is to get a good fit initially, and pair with good quality socks.

    You might want to consider a different shoe for your long runs. I stick to one brand with the exception for long runs when I prefer a cushier shoe with a bit more toe space that is not available in my go to brand.


    I also rotate my shoes. I have several pairs of shoes. Ideally, you want to not only have different models from one brand but shoes from different brands.
    I have shoes for recovery/easy runs, shoes that I use for tempo or longer runs and also race shoes.
    Anyways, the race shoes I would not run for much longer than 150-200 miles.
    My other training sneakers get replaced between 400-500 miles by the very latest. But not all shoes are the same. Some only last 350 miles.
    It also depends on your weight. The heavier you are, the sooner I would replace my shoes.
    The shoe rotation is really important to avoid injuries….just saying.



    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Why would you go for shoes from different brands? Isn’t it just about the make of the shoe (more cushioned vs more springy, neutral vs supported, etc)? I believe Nike, Hoka, Adidas, Asics, etc have shoes for every need, don’t they?

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