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8/6/13 9:11 P

Great advice! Thanks everyone! emoticon

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8/6/13 1:11 P

before I made the switch to minimalist, I'd change out once a year (new shoes for running; old running shoes became my gym shoes; old gym shoes became yard work shoes).

with the minimalist shoes (I like Dr. Scholl's), I'll run in them until they fall apart. They have no cushioning to 'break down'.

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8/6/13 12:23 P

when i see the sole of the shoe is wearing out. i usually have to replace shoes every 3 months. everyone is different.. some friends can go a year... me not so lucky. i blast through shoes fast.

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8/6/13 12:21 P

When I can feel rocks through the sole.

I buy really supportive stability shoes, so if they're starting to be like pancakes, it's time to move on!

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8/5/13 11:45 P

every 7-8 months

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8/5/13 9:26 P

Yep! When the ball of my foot starts acting up, it is time for new shoes! Or when my foot lands on a piece of gravel and it hurts. By then the tread is pretty worn down and the shoes are filthy, so it is obvious. I put it off until the last minute because my Mizunos are very expensive but necessary for helping offset my pronation. I'd say 2 or 3 times per year? I never keep track of mileage, though I wish I did. I usually run for time, not distance.

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8/5/13 5:03 P

I don't track mileage at all, but have found that my shoes typically last me around 6-7 months. If I lose track of time, I start to get random aches after running, so then I KNOW it's overdue!

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8/5/13 3:55 P

I try to track mileage. Usually between 350-400 miles is when I get a new pair. My calves will start to ache a little when it is time for a new pair. I also use one pair for running only, and a different pair for daily use.

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8/5/13 3:33 P

My "running shoes guy" tells me that I should track mileage... but in reality when my knees start bothering me I replace my shoes.

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8/5/13 1:33 P

I track mileage but I also look at the bottoms to see how worn out the base looks.

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8/5/13 9:27 A

I'm out running but speed walking I can feel every step I take every bump in the road every everything does that mean it' time for new shoes?

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8/5/13 9:27 A

Either 6 months or 200-300 miles. I try to time it such that I'm catching the end of season sales.

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8/5/13 8:52 A

When they no longer feel like they are giving me the support and comfort that I require.

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8/5/13 5:18 A

I should track the mileage but I base mine on when my feet start to hurt. A new pair usually does the trick.

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8/4/13 10:18 P

Another one for tracking mileage. I figure on about 300 miles of good life in a pair, and after that I shop for new ones and retire the old ones to "second string" while they still have a little bit left in them, so I can wear them if it's really muddy or snowy or whatever.

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8/4/13 9:04 P

you can track your mileage and get new about every 300-500 miles. I get new when my feet start to hurt after running.

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8/4/13 7:21 P

I also track my mileage.. but my back and hips usually tell me when it's time LOL

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8/4/13 7:09 P

I only run in the summer so every other year or so. I can feel now that my 2 years are up. My shoes will have to get replaced before next summer.

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8/4/13 7:07 P

MY husband puts date purchased in shoes and switches to different running shoes daily to keep them in shape longer...

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8/4/13 7:06 P

Like others have stated, I keep track of mileage, though I wouldn't call my record meticulous. I use Daily Mile to keep track and when I get around 200 miles, I start checking for sales. I am heavy and pretty rough on shoes, so mine have never lasted anywhere close to the 400-500 of others. I'm hoping that as I lose weight, they will.

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8/4/13 6:29 P

Every 300 miles. Or when I feel that they aren't giving me the support they used to.

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8/4/13 5:45 P

I meticulously track the mileage on my shoes, and when they get to about 500K, I start looking for my shoes on sale, and paying attention to any random aches and pains that might show up because that is a clear sign the shoes are done.

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8/4/13 5:29 P

Runners - How do you decide it's time to buy new shoes? Just curious what other runners do.

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