MD Podiatrist Discusses When to Replace Workout Shoes

Depending on the shoes you’re wearing, with each step in your favorite workout, you’ll either feel a cloud of comfort – or discomfort. This begs the question: Is it time for new workout shoes? The usual lifespan for a running or walking shoe is about 300 to 500 miles, according to Dan Michaels, DPM.

Dr. Michaels says for gym or “court-sport” sneakers such as pickleball shoes, tennis shoes, or footwear for basketball, the gauge is different. “The general rule of thumb is 40 to 60 hours of playing a sport in the shoe.” That means if you’re playing in those shoes more than a couple of times a month, the answer to how often you should replace your shoes is around every 9 to 12 months, he says.