One of the most common questions our staff gets asked is “When is it time to replace my shoes?” The truth is, it varies from person to person and there is not one exact answer. However, with the help of these guidelines, you can get pretty close to answering the question correctly. So grab your shoes and let’s take a deeper look into this commonly asked question.
Fact: The average lifespan of a sneaker is 300-500 miles. This is typically anywhere from 3-5 months depending on the person.
Truth: The truth is not everyone tracks their miles and miles are not just the miles you log on a run or a walk; they include any mile you put on the shoe. For example, ever go for a run and then take a trip to the grocery store after? If you answered yes then you probably put a few extra miles on those sneakers without even knowing it. Overtime, those extra miles can really add up!
Here are some guidelines to help you decide if it’s time to retire your shoes:
Take our Shoe Quiz – Grab your shoes and take our quick 8-question shoe quiz. Our quiz help you analyze your shoes for wear and tear to determine if it’s time for a new pair.
Feel the pain – Are you experiencing a pain that you never have before? Can’t recall what the pain is from? There’s a good chance that the pain is simply from the fact that your shoes are worn and have lost some of their cushion and support. When you start to feel aches and pains for no real reason usually that’s your shoes way of saying, “replace me!”
Forget Us Not – Can’t recall the last time you got fit for a pair of shoes? Can’t remember where or when you got your last pair? Are things a bit fuzzy when you think back to the last time you got new shoes? If so, start by calling or dropping into one of our stores. Assuming you purchased your last pair with Potomac River Running, we can search your purchase history and tell you when and what shoe you got last. If it’s been some time, we will recommend a complimentary gait analysis and can fit you for your next pair of shoes.
Now… is it time for a new pair of kicks? Or are your shoes still in good condition? When you’re ready for your next pair stop into one of our 9 locations and we will help fit you for a new pair of shoes. Schedule a fitting ahead of time, or drop in anytime. Need to make room for your new pair of shoes? Potomac River Running takes shoe donations for recycling!