5 signs you are in need of a new pair of running shoes


Wearing a pair of old running shoes could be the difference in knocking off that final few seconds to get a new Personal Best, old shoes not only slow you down but can also increase your risk of injury. Here are 5 signs to look out for to see if it’s time for your trainers to go into retirement…

  1. Blisters

All runners experience blisters at one point or another, it’s part and parcel of being a runner unfortunately! However, if you have been running with your favourite pair of trainers for a while and not experienced blisters and then you start to get them, this could well be a tell-tale sign that the shoes have stretched and are no longer at optimal fit for you. Try new socks first and if all else fails it may be time to trade in those trusty trainers for a new pair!

  1. Shin splints

Shin splints aren’t always due to improper shoes, they can be caused by over doing it, a change in running surface or even poor running technique. However, if shin splints have just started to bother you, it may be due to the shoes you are wearing! A new pair of running shoes will have a good level of shock-absorption in them and will reduce the pressure and aggravation on the lower leg that causes shin splints.

  1. Lower back pain

Anything that causes you to adjust your body gait can lead to lower back pain in runners, be that high arches, excessive pronation, flat feet, knock-knees OR an old pair of running shoes! The treatment can be as simple as getting the right pair of shoes. Visit a specialist running shop to get the right shoe for you and

  1. The mileage is piling up

On average running shoes should be replaced every 300-400 miles, depending on several factors including, running style, body weight, surface on which you run.

  1. The soles are bare

Your shoes are there to help with traction whether you’re running on road or trail. Over time the traction will wear away through friction. Unbalanced tread can then lead to altering your running gait, so when you start to notice an imbalance on the sole or bald patches, it’s time to invest!

With the level of running shoe technology now available, there should be no “break-in” time required when you get a new pair. So, if you are experiencing any of the above issues, maybe it’s time for a replacement!