This is a great question, because workout shoes (especially running shoes) are expensive and you can easily spend more than $120/pair. To get more "mileage" from my shoes I rotate them, but not in a way you might expect.
I buy a new pair of running shoes and use them indoors at the gym until they get about 400 miles on them or they are about 6-7 months old. Then I buy a new pair of indoor shoes and move my recently retired shoes to outdoor shoes. I then wear them to and from the gym, the store, etc... for another 6-8 months washing occasionally to keep them clean and the odor down. Then they move to my "lawn mowing" shoes I can get anywhere from 6-9 more months out of them.
Many things can reduce the life expectancy of your running shoes. Weather conditions, running distance, tread wear, washing, etc... can all contribute to hardness of the soles and inner soles making your shoes wear out more quickly.
I hope this helps. Good luck on your journey.
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As others have said, I typically get new shoes every 400 miles or so. I try to leave a little life in my old shoes so I can wear them if I have to (if my regular shoes get wet, etc.). (I wouldn't need to do that if I rotated two pairs regularly, but I don't.)
In general, depending on the quality of the shoe and how much miles you put in, figure 300-400 miles or every 4-5 months. Rotating your running shoes (using 2 pairs) helps prolong the life of the shoe. Also, keep your running shoes dedicated to running. Don't wear them for anything else. That too decreases their life.
There is a recommended amount and you can find it on Runners World or one of the running shoe store sites. That is not as critical to know as just looking at the shoes and the wear on that shoe. The recommendations are established to sell you new shoes. I used to live by that until I had a long experience with running. If you rotate a couple pairs or trade them out to let them rebound, they last much longer. You can also replace the inner soles, make sure you start with the correct shoe for your running style and avoid running on asphalt. I ran on the treadmill but did 8-10 miles daily so the sweat was more of an issue, than the wear as it is comparable to sand.
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