Even if your name isn’t Imelda Marcos or Carrie Bradshaw, you may have a shoe problem. Think about your closet right now. If you’re like us, you train in one pair of shoes until they’re worn out and then chuck them in the back of the closet, thinking maybe they’ll be useful someday for yard work or dog walking. Since most shoes only last 300-500 miles, that means runners must have perfect lawns and tired pets.
According to Gear Patrol, we should rotate our running shoes more often instead of wearing one pair until they’ve lost their bounce. The basic idea is that your shoes need a little time to breathe and recover, just like their owners. Giving them a day or two off between runs helps the foam recover and a dryer shoe can generally withstand more abuse than a damp shoe.
Owning a quiver of shoes also lets you choose the right tool for the right job. That means more than just a pair of trainers and a pair of racing flats. Consider owning a pair for trail, tempo days and long runs. If you need more convincing, check out Why You Must Rotate Running Shoes.