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Twist Test: Are Your Running Shoes Dead

My friends at geeksugar just posted about StrideKick a groovy little device that tells you how many miles you have run in your shoes so you know when to get new running sneaks. You should get new shoes every 350-550 miles depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run.

But alas, the StrideKick is still in the prototype phase and won't be on the streets for awhile. So how do you know when you should get new shoes? Here are a couple of simple tips:

  • Write the date of purchase with indelible ink on the inside tongue of the shoe. This way you will know when you started using them and do some general math based on your weekly mileage.
  • Try the twist test. If you can easily twist your shoe your mid soles are worn out and it is time for new shoes.

Fit's Tip: Listen to your body, if your feet, knees or shins are hurting after a run you should probably get some new running sneaks.

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sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 9 years
I am often guilty of over running in my shoes. I try to keep on top of my mileage but sometimes I forget when I buy them, writing the date on the tongue is a great idea!
katie225 katie225 10 years
even if i have new sneakers, the outsides of my feet, my shins, and my knees hurt when i run. so, i swim instead. :)
DStirk DStirk 10 years
that is a good point, new sneakers are cheaper than hip replacements. thanks scratch, now i have a good excuse to tell my busband that we BOTH need new sneaks. he is wearing his same sneaks from 7 years ago and he is REALLY proud of it.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I have a friend who gets new sneakers regulary. If her knee starts hurting when she runs, she just goes out and gets another pair. New sneakers are cheaper than knee replacements.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
hey - thanks for posting this fitsugar! most people don't realize how much 'used up' sneakers can hurt your body when running. my BF runs about 5 miles a day and he makes sure to get new sneakers about every three months
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