Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Running Shoes

Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Running Shoes

Every pair of shoes has a basic lifespan, but sometimes you can find that there has different status of shoes by different people in hand even if they are coming from same brand. The main reason is maintained and care of shoes by someone.

There has some runner share their tips on getting started with simple, daily gear care in your running shoes.

1. Put Your Shoe into Shady Area
Keep the shoe like keep the wine, which means you need to should treat your shoes like you treat your wine. Remember keep your running shoes away from the heat sources and do not leave them in direct sunlight. Sometime you may be based on the convenience condition that put all your running gear in everywhere, such as on balconies and terraces, but prolonged exposure to the sun's rays will cause the bottom sole of your running shoes to dry out, shrink and harden, thus reducing its durability and cushioning.


2. Enough Space
Many people stack their shoes together to save space, but stacking them up would increases the rate of wear and tear as the lower layer is squeezed by a heavy load, which making them more susceptible to damage. Running shoes that have not been used for a long time may also turn yellow or even break due to oxidation.


3. Untie Your Laces
Taking a brief moment after each run to untie your laces can make all the difference in the long-term life of your running shoes. Every time you kick off your shoes without untying them first, it could be wearing away at the structural integrity of the heel cup and break the heel down.

This common bad habit could also lead to shoving your foot back into a still-tied shoe before your next run, which doubles the damage to your footwear. So, take the time to properly tie, for the sake of your shoe and your foot.


4. Keep Your Shoes Dry and Cool
Unchecked moisture can drastically shorten the life of a shoe since the bacteria builds up in there. To stop the stank, make sure your shoes can dry out after every run. Simply storing them in a spot with decent air flow and stuffing shoes with crumpled newspaper to absorb water and speed up the drying process.

Do not use dryer because the high heat is not ideal for the glues and bonding agents that hold shoes together.


5. Give Shoes a Break and Consider a Rotation
No less than 24 to 48 hours recovery time for running shoes is required before next run, allowing ample time for their foam midsoles to decompress after a run will help them fully support you on your next outing and retain more responsiveness over time.

If you're running more frequently than that, you may start shoe rotation to avoid an early grave due to overuse.


6. Track Your Miles
Each pair of running shoes has its own mileage limit. Although the mileage limit for a typical running shoe is approximately 200-300 miles (which translates to approximately 300-500 km), it varies depending on training conditions, height and weight, and the degree of wear and tear on the running shoe. Therefore, you can use the running app to roughly track the mileage and tag a mileage target of your running shoes to approximate your total mileage.


7. Understand Wash Method
Cleaning your shoes s to avoid all the dust and dirt getting trapped in seams or areas where you don’t want it. It’s about the longevity of the material. 

You may put your running shoes in the washing machine or dryer for convenience, but the fiber of your running shoes may be damaged by the rinsing and the heating of the dryer. Therefore, we should use wet paper towels or a toothbrush with soap to wash off the soiled parts.


8. Reuse or Recycle Your Shoes
If your old running shoes are still in wearable condition after the mileage limit, consider giving them a second career as everyday walking or gardening shoes, or donating them to the people in need for reuse. Even if they are not available to wear, you can drop off the athletic shoes in any shoes recycling programs to reduce waste.