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Replacing Shoes

In March I bought this pair of Mizuno Wave Elixirs. They don’t have much life left in them but for now I can still run in them. My next run will put me over 900 km in them (560 miles). Once I get over 900 km in them I will set them aside and look for another pair.

Generally I always manage to get at least 700-800 km out of a pair of shoes before they start showing the signs that they need to be replaced – a lack of cushioning and more aches following a run.

This pair of shoes has lasted a little longer than my previous shoes. One thing I have done different this time around is that it is the first time I have been alternating shoes so that I am not running in the same pair of shoes on consecutive days.

Currently I have a newer pair of shoes I am alternating with these ones. I’m not sure whether alternating shoes helped or whether this is just a good model of shoe for me but I am pleased that they have last as long as they have for me.

How often do you replace shoes? Do you go by mileage or by feel? Do you rotate shoes?

New Shoes

One thing I like about running is getting to test new gear or products. With my current shoes approaching 600 km in usage I searched the internet over the past couple of weeks for a deal on something similar to the New Balance 890 I have been using.

I managed to take advantage of a closeout deal from Holabird Sports and pick up a pair of Mizuno Wave Elixir6. Incidentally, this was the second Holabird closeout deal I have take advantage of recently as I also picked up a new pair of Mizuno Wave Ronin 3’s for races.

My new shoes came in yesterday but since I ended up coming down with a cold, likely a byproduct of not nearly enough sleep last weekend and a fast half-marathon on Sunday, I did not get to try them yesterday.

It also looked like I would not get out for a run today as I stayed home from work since I was not feeling well again this morning. However, after a day of napping and watching dvds I felt good enough late in the day to head out for a short easy run.

So far the verdict is that I am quite pleased with my purchase. They are as light as the New Balance 890 shoes I had been running in yet like the 890 they still offer some support.

I am also pleased I managed to find such good deals on shoes I was looking for. Taking advantage of the two closeout deals online allowed me to pick-up two pairs of shoes for roughly the price of what a new pair would cost me in a store.

Shoe Brand Loyalty

I am not sure about you but when it comes time to replace my shoes I tend to stick with the same brand/models. Right now that means a pair of New Balance 890 for everyday use and a pair of Mizuno Wave Ronin 3’s for more intense workouts.

In case you are wondering, the reason this came to mind for me tonight is because I just bought a new pair of Wave Ronin 3’s because mine are at the end of the life cycle and I found a great sale online and in a few weeks time it will be time to look to replace my 890’s.

I’ve stuck with New Balance shoes for a while now. After going through several pair of the New Balance 860 stability shoe which provides support over-pronation I decided to look for a lighter everyday shoe which is how I now ended up with the 890.

I gave the Mizuno Wave Ronin 3 a shot last year when I was looking for a racing flat. After wearing them for two marathons last year I didn’t think twice about buying a second pair when the time finally came to replace them this month.

The point I am trying to make with this is that I tend to stick with what I know in terms of shoes. When it comes time to replace my shoes I just go out and buy a new pair of the same shoe I have been sing or I buy the new version if it has been updated. I am not sure that is a bad thing since it has worked for me so far but it just means that I don’t look at other when I go to replace my shoes.

Do you always stick with the same brands or do you try different brands based on price or other features that catch your eye?