Do I need new workout shoes?

When To Buy New Shoes

Happy Monday!  It has been very warm here in Boise, Idaho.  This morning for my run it was 70 degrees at 5:45 am.  I need new running shoes big time!  Especially with my favorite race the Sawtooth Relay coming up this weekend.  I am a creature of habit and have been buying the same running shoes over and over again for the past 10 years.  I just love them, so I never switch things up.  People often ask me when they should replace their current fitness or running shoes.  So I did a little bit of research and used my own experience to point them in the right direction.  I thought I would share a bit of advice on this topic with my readers as well.  I think having the right shoe for your workout is very important.  Often times I will see people new to my fitness classes with obviously old shoes and then they will complain about foot and knee pain.  I will ask them when they bought their shoes and I am surprised at how old some people’s  shoes are!  Here are a few suggestions and tips from my experience with workout shoes.  

For Fitness Classes (boot camp, cross fit, interval training, aerobics, fitness classes)

I recommend a cross trainer.  Cross trainers are designed specifically for forward, backward, and lateral movement.  I would also recommend that you get the right shoe for your workout type.  If you take a Zumba class a cross trainer may not be the right shoe for you.  I would recommend purchasing a shoe from a store that you can get fitted properly in the right shoe and has a return policy that will allow you to try the shoe in your workout and then return it if needed.  

For Running

I highly recommend going to a specialty running store and getting fitted for your running shoe.  Most of these stores will work with you to find the perfect fitting shoe for your running needs.  And if the shoe doesn’t work for you, the majority of these stores let you try your shoes on your next few runs and if they don’t work you can return them.  After you get fitted and find that perfect shoe, stick with it!  I have been wearing the same shoe for a few years now.  I just keep buying the same shoe just a newer version.  Runner’s World Magazine reccomends replacing your running shoes after 300-500 miles.  For me, I can usually tell when I need to buy new shoes.  For example, right now my running shoes have holes on the heel  area so I know I need to buy some!  I usually go more by feel, how they are wearing and if I am experiencing any knee or foot pain.  

Here are just a few more tips:

  • Don’t pick a shoe just because it looks good.  
  • Make sure it fits properly (get sized)
  • Try on shoes early in the day to avoid swollen feet, my husband bought a pair of shoes the other night and had to return them because they did not fit the next morning!
  • Only wear your shoes when working out or running
  • Go to a speciality shoe store in your area
  • Shoes are expensive, but a great investment.  Trust me it is worth it!  
  • Get some nice socks too (my fave: injinji toe socks)