3 Signs You Need To Upgrade Your Workout Shoes ASAP


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Three simple tests to check whether your running and training shoes are good for a few more sessions, or are damaging your feet and need to be tossed now!

The type of shoes you use during your sweat sesh can make or break it, so it’s critical that you shop right! It’s also vital that you know when your fave pair have had their day.

So, ask yourself these questions:

1. Have you walked 800km or more in your shoes?

If yes, it’s time to go shopping for more shoes. You should replace your walking shoes every 800km – that’s about every seven to eight months if you walk 24km a week. If you’re overweight, or have foot or joint problems, you may have to replace your shoes more often. Same goes for runners and hard trainers. Cross-training shoes tend to take more of a beating and ideally should be replaced after 100 hours of wear time.

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2. Does the exterior show signs of wear?

For example, does the upper look as if your foot has pushed it to one side? If you answered yes, it’s time to invest in a new pair of shoes!

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3. How well is the inside of the shoe holding up?

Slip one hand inside the shoe and place the other on the sole. Compare the thickness, compressibility and cushioning under the big toe joint and the heel with the less-stressed areas. If you notice any difference, go shopping for shoes! The breakdown of the midsole is very subtle and your body constantly adapts to it. You may not notice the difference until you get a new pair.

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