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How often do I need to buy running shoes? Are there some general guidelines?
 
According to Steven M. Pribut, DPM, failing to replace worn running shoes can be the primary cause of a running injury. He suggests trading in your old pair of sneakers for new ones when you have run somewhere between 350-550 miles in them. If you have run that many miles, it's time for a new pair of shoes regardless of how they look. After your shoes have covered that much distance they will have lost their shock absorption capacity and some of their stability.

The following guidelines will help you determine if it's time for a new pair of running shoes.
1. If you have logged in the vicinity of 300-500 miles, it's probably time for a new pair.
2. Place your old shoes on a table and look at them from behind. Check for wear and tear of the sole, and if they are leaning to one side, experts say that the midsole cushioning is probably shot.
3. The next time you're in a shoe store, try on a new pair of the model that you are currently wearing, if the cushioning in yours shoes feels dead in comparison, it probably is.

Tips for buying running shoes: get a "three-way fit"
1. The longest of your toes should clear the end of the shoe by about one-half inch (about the width of your thumb).
2. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the new shoe.
3. The heel of your foot should fit snugly in the shoe without any slippage.