How Many Pairs of Running Shoes Do I Need?
People keep telling me it’s best to alternate two or three pairs of running shoes. Is it really true? Or is it just the seller trying to convince me to buy another pair of running shoes?
The answer depends on you. If you run almost everyday, it’s better to give your sneakers a rest in between. Your shoes will last longer when you give them a day or two to dry out between exercise sessions. This is in particular crucial if you performed a run in the rain or snow. If you wear running shoes that are fresher, it will help prevent injuries more than if you ran in the same sneakers every day. The extra padding in the sneakers will help secure your joints, specifically your knees. Enabling your running shoes to decompress will also reduce your hazard of athlete’s foot.
If you can’t invest in more than one pair of running shoes at one time, try buying a new pair of shoes when your current pair has been through halfway. Having a new pair of shoes as a reference will help you realize when your current pair is ready to be replaced.