Should you be alternating shoes?

Minute 1: Should you be alternating shoes?

Even if your name isn’t Imelda Marcos or Carrie Bradshaw, you may have a shoe problem. Think about your closet right now. If you’re like us, you train in one pair of shoes until they’re worn out and then chuck them in the back of the closet, thinking maybe they’ll be useful someday for yard work or dog walking. Since most shoes only last 300-500 miles, that means runners must have perfect lawns and tired pets. A new story this week tells us that we’re doing it all wrong. Instead of wearing one pair until they’ve lost their bounce, "You Should Rotate Your Running Shoes More Often — Here's Why." The basic idea is that your shoes need a little time to breathe and recover, just like their owners. Giving them a day or 2 off between runs helps the foam recover and a dryer shoe can generally withstand more abuse than a damp shoe. Owning a quiver of shoes also lets you choose the right tool for the right job. That means more than just a pair of trainers and a pair of racing flats. Consider owning a pair for trail, tempo days and long runs. If you need more convincing, check out “Five Reasons to Own Multiple Pairs of Running Shoes” or “Why You Must Rotate Running Shoes.” Fleet Feet also provides answers to these riddles: “How to Extend the Life of Running Shoes” and “How to Tell if Running Shoes are Worn Out” in this blog post. BTW, if you are a fan of Sex and the City, you may enjoy “20 Of Carrie Bradshaw’s Best-Ever Shoe Moments.” #ShoeBin