How To Take Care of Running Shoes
Taking good care of your running shoes will make them last longer, and look better. Here are a few tips and pointers to make the most of your running shoes!
1. Use Two Pairs of Running Shoes
If you are a regular runner this will allow your shoes some rest between runs as the midsole gets compressed after a jogging set. It can take a few hours for the midsole to regain its shape.
2. Wash Your Running Shoes
Everyone likes fresh shoes, but don’t use the washing machine! Using a washing machine will drastically reduce the holding capacity of the glue used in the shoe causing it to more easily break down.
Instead you want to gently clean your shoes by brush/hand with warm water and soap.
3. Use Your Running Shoes for Running Only
This almost goes without saying but it has to be mentioned. Don’t destroy your running shoes by using them like everyday shoes or by playing football or something like that. This will cause unnecessary wear and tear reducing the longevity of the shoes.
4. Correct Storage of Your Running Shoes
Choose a dry place in room temperature to store your running shoes. An open area that lets your shoes breath is ideal, storing them in a plastic bag or a box prevents air circulating and may result in bad odour.
5. Keep Your Running Shoes Dry
It is a good idea to keep your shoes nice and dry, this will help prevent mold and other nastiness in your shoes. Remove the sole and let the sole and shoe dry separately. A good thought is to put paper towels inside the shoes, this will help absorb the moisture better and faster. An alternative is to stuff newspaper inside your shoes.
6. Replace Your Running Shoes
Someday the inevitably day comes, it is time to say goodbye to your old running shoes. The degradation in shock absorption as shoes get older is real and the loss of cushioning when running will be noticeable, your feet will hurt. That is why it is recommended to replace your running shoes after every 400 to 500 miles. That translates to about 9-12 months for an average runner.