How to maintain: running shoes

Maintaining your running shoes significantly determines their lifespan! Take a look at our guide for 7 simple steps to do so.

As a runner, running shoes are of utmost importance! 

Although shoes don’t last forever, making them last longer is simple with the proper care. 

Here are a few tips on how you can extend the lifespan of your running shoes.


1. Rotate a few pairs of running shoes

If you are a regular runner, rotate your shoes quite often so that your midsoles can rest as they get back to its shape after being compressed when running.

You can try to use one pair on odd days and another pair on an even day.

Find out how to choose the best running shoes for yourself.

2. Deep clean your running shoes only if there’s a need

It is not necessary to always deep clean your shoes.

However, if you absolutely must wash your shoes and don’t want to do it by hand, the washing machine is permissible only if you do it by cold wash. 

Hot temperatures can damage the glue that is used to hold shoes together and will shorten their lifespan.


3. Dry your running shoes properly

Singapore's humid weather can cause damage to your shoes if you don't dry them properly. 

One simple way to dry your running shoes is to remove the insoles, set them aside where they can easily dry, and stuff the shoes with something absorbent, like newspaper or paper towels. 

You can also dry your shoes in the sun but do not leave them out for long hours, as the heat may damage your shoes.

4. Store 'em well

After your run try to store your shoes in a well-ventilated and cool place below room temperature. 

Do not stuff your shoes in shoe bags or shoe cabinets as this will prevent airing of odours from the shoes.

7 Easy Steps to Maintain Your Running Shoes

5. Wear them only for running

Remember, shoes need to rest and your running shoes are specific for running purposes only.

If you love your running shoes that much, get a couple of pairs: one for running and one to wear for work or for a holiday.

Or consider getting a pair for casual wear from Decathlon's walking shoes line, Newfeel, instead!


6. Use the right shoes for the right purposes

Wear trail running shoes on trails, road running shoes on the road and pavement, and race shoes for marathons or races.

All of these shoes are specifically designed for a purpose and surface.

- Trail shoes have extra-grippy rubber lugs that are built to withstand dirt and stones but will wear out faster on asphalt and concrete.

- Road running shoes won’t give you the grip or the extra protection of toe caps and rock plates that you want on a burly trail, but they’ll cushion your joints and give you good support on unforgiving pavements.

- Race shoes are designed for fast running in marathons. They are usually lighter compared to other shoes as they are more for speed. Rotate your shoes and use them for this intended purpose.

7. Replacing your shoes

Running shoes should be replaced every 400-500km depending on factors like your weight, stride pattern and how durable the shoes are.

Tracking your distances may seem troublesome, but if you keep training records on hand you can tally your distances by week or month to replace your shoes. 

Even simpler - you can check if the outsole is being worn out and if your midsole cushion is being compressed. 

If they are, it's time to get a new pair of shoes!

We hope you found this article useful! 

In the meantime, take proper care of your running shoes, and happy running!


Written by: anand sukumar

 Sports advisor, running

"I don't run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days."

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