Running shoes are pretty much the universal sign of "I'm serious about starting to workout" – and no wonder, not just because it involves dropping some hard cash, but also because a bit of thought goes into purchasing a pair, depending on what you’ll be doing in them – walking, jogging or running. But they do come with an expiry date which is why you should know exactly when to throw out that old pair and get your feet into new ones.
“Changing running shoes depends on what kind of shoe it is, but generally if you're starting to notice pains in your hips, back or knees, sore arches, shin pain, achy knees or other small annoyances, or when the soles have collapsed along with the foam and they're starting to look destroyed, you know it's time to switch them for new ones,” says Rohan Mathew, the fitness expert from The Transformation.
So what do you keep in mind when scouting for your new kicks? “They should fit you correctly – they shouldn't be too big or so small that your feet are squashed in them.
Make sure they don't have too much of a heel drop which means that the back of the shoe should not be too heeled. It’s also said that running shoes shouldn't be over-cushioned, but that's debatable and very subjective,” he explains. Usually, if you’re a forefoot runner – which means your first point of contact is through the forefoot – then you don’t need a lot of cushioning at the heel, but if you run from toe to heel, then you probably might.
So there you go, next time you're itching for those Nikes for your workouts, make sure they tick the right boxes. Don't hurry with the decision – you don't want to end up with an injury!