When athletic shoes should be replaced depends upon amount of usage, signs of wear and age of the shoe. The four main components of an athletic that can break down or wear out: outer sole, midsole, heel counter and shank or cut out area of the shoe.
When do you replace athletic shoes?
After 300-500 miles of running or walking, 45-60 hours of basketball, aerobic dance or tennis.
Shows signs of unevenness when placed on flat surface.
Display noticeable creasing.
Even without use shoes can “wear out”. Depending upon the environment the shoes are kept in; the outsole, midsole and some of the upper materials can dry out and not function optimally. Therefore, it is best to replace athletic shoes that are over a year old whether they are worn out or not.
Replacing athletic shoes when necessary maybe costly in the short term, but will prevent injuries and keep you active in “the long run”.