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How to Save Money and Extend the Life of Your Running Shoes

In the running community it is generally believed that you should replace a pair of running shoes every 500 miles or so. That is the recommendation for an average sized runner. If you are heavier or have a lighter build that number can easily be 100 or 200 miles more or less. However, if you take running seriously and run frequently, buying a new pair of running shoes every two or three months can run into money. But the new shoe, the better shoe could save you money in the long run by providing you with greater foot arch support, improved running comfort, less fatigue, and less foot pain that can prevent costly injuries.

Cheap sneakers

Generally speaking, buying an inexpensive pair of shoes or sneakers is not recommended for the serious runner. The cheaper sneakers and running shoes are usually not well made and do not offer many of the advanced engineering features that go into the design of better, more expensive products.

I do not want to be an elitist and say that you get what you pay for, some people simply can not afford the more expensive shoes. Buy what you can within your budget, but compare the features of the product you do buy with the more expensive running shoes and make the choice that will be best for you.

Often, you can save some of the expense of new running shoes by taking good care of those you have. Better care will make them last longer. The more you care about your running shoes, the longer you can expect them to last.

Here is how to make your shoes last longer

Only wear your running shoes when you are running. Running shoes can be very comfortable but don't use them as if they were your only pair of shoes. Save them for running, jogging, or working out. The more often you wear them, gradual wear and tear will increase. The insole cushioning and the lining on the inside of the shoe, especially around the vamp and quarter panels can be torn or wear more quickly. The linings can also be torn and or experience quicker damaging wear. When this happens your running shoes stability decreases and any damage to the shoe can be translated to foot or leg injuries.

Wear soft comfortable shoes or slipper when you're at home. If you go for a walk or a stroll in a park, wear a good pair of walking shoes instead.

Do not abuse your shoes. Learn how to take them off the right way. Always unlace your shoes when taking them off. Do not just slip them off your feet. And, do not pull them off because you will stretch the materials. The more your shoes are stressed and abused through wearing them the sooner they will wear out.

Do not use direct heat to dry your shoes.

If you wash your shoes or they get wet in the rain, untie the laces, take out the insoles, and air dry them. Air drying is the best method to dry your shoes. Never dry them in direct heat such as sunlight or on top of a radiator. Intense heat can dry out the materials, especially leather. If you are in a hurry, try putting putting paper toweling or crumpled newspaper inside the shoes. This will help to suck up some of the excess water so they will dry quicker.

Alternate your running shoes.

Frequent runners often have a second pair of running shoes with which to alternate. Your running shoes will last longer if you give them a rest and some time to breathe and restore their shape between runs.

Store your shoes properly.

Store your running shoes in a cool, dry place with no moisture or direct heat. Never leave them stuffed in a sweaty athletic bag or the trunk of your car. Never wash your shoes in the washing machine. If they need washing, hand wash them and scrub the dirt and grime off with a soft brush, a mild soap, and warm water. Never use strong detergents or hot water.

You can probably save more money on your running shoes by having them properly fitted at the best athletic footwear store in your neighborhood. Buy your shoes where professional runners buy their shoes. You will get the best fit along with the best advice at the same price as the pros.

More often than not, you can get a descent pair of running shoes for somewhere between $50 and $120. You'll find the extra cost worth the price because the more expensive, better built shoe can help to reduce foot injuries. Less expensive running shoes in the $25 to $40 range are usually poorly designed copies of the more popular high priced shoe and do not offer the same advantages of comfort and support.

Online stores also offer quality products at favorable prices but you need to be very specific when you place your order. Shipping is faster now that it was but you can still expect a few days wait. Know exactly what you want. Research all of the running shoes you are thinking of buying on the internet. Compare manufacturers, styles, prices, and features. Use an existing shoe or have your foot measured at a local store to insure you are buying the correct size. Don't buy anything without a return guarantee. Look for postage free shipping.

Now, get out there and run!