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How Long Should Running Shoes Last

Knowing when to replace your running shoes can help prevent injury or even a dip in running performance. Sure, if your big toe is hanging out through a hole at the end of your shoes, you know it’s time to replace them. But, there are far less obvious signs than a hole that indicate your running shoes need the chuck. You can look up the average running shoe life for women’s running shoes, men’s running shoes, or even kid’s running shoes, but that will only give you a rough idea. Many variables can impact how long a pair of running shoes should last.  

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to consider to understand how long your running shoes should last. These tips will apply to all types of running shoes, including trail running shoes and road shoes. Here’s what we’ll touch on:

How to know if your running shoes are worn out
Factors that wear down your running shoes
The average running shoe life
Ways you can prolong the life of your running shoes
The range of running shoes at Rebel Sport

Let’s get a move on!

How to know if your running shoes are worn out

As we’ve mentioned already, there are many signs to look out for that indicate if your running shoes are beyond repair. Unfortunately, some of these indicators are more subtle than others, and as the saying goes, you don’t know what you don’t know. 

Obvious holes in the shoes

We’ll start with the obvious one. Holes in your running shoes are a sign that it’s time to replace them. Generally, there are two main areas where holes or tears may appear:

At the heel

A hole at the back of your running shoe is often caused by rubbing from incorrect pronation support, or from the shoe itself not fitting correctly. 

In your toebox

If you’re running shoes aren’t fitted correctly, especially around the toe box then your toes can cause friction. You may need to consider a wider shoe so that your big toe has room to move as it naturally should and won’t compensate by lifting. If your toenails are too long, this won’t help either! 



Generally, the harder the surface you’re running on, the more impact on your running shoes. For example, if you regularly run on concrete, this can quickly wear down the tread and sole of your running shoes. Whereas if you’re running off-road on sand or grass, these surfaces are a lot kinder to your footwear.  If you're running to improve your stamina and fitness for sports such as football or rugby, keep the running shoes off the field and check out our boot buying guide. Running shoes are a great addition to any sports lover's fitness routine when used in the right environment.



It may seem like a given, but the more often you run, the quicker your running shoes will wear out. But overuse can extend further than how many times in a week you run. If you wear your running shoes around home or to the gym for general weight lifting, this can also wear down your running shoes without you realising.