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Knowing when to replace running shoes is key

Any avid runner knows how hard it can be to give up your shoes. After hundreds of miles on the road, track and treadmill, it is easy to become attached to your footwear, but as is the case with all sports equipment, there comes a time when they need to be replaced. So how do you know when is a good time? According to Runner's World, there are a few signs in particular that should let you know when to pick up new shoes.

The best measure of when to get new running shoes is how many miles you have put on them. Experts recommend purchasing new models once you've hit that 300- to 500-mile level. While that range offers some parameters, you should also take other things into consideration. For instance, if you tend to run by striking your heel, then you'll probably need to pick up new shoes closer to the 300-mile mark.

In addition paying attention to how many miles you have put on them, you should also think trust your intuition when it comes to how they feel. If it feels like shoes are not offering enough support while you're on the treadmill, you may need to get new kicks, Runner's World notes.

It's important to regularly replace running shoes for a number of reasons. Worn down footwear can lead to considerable pain and discomfort, reports MLive.com.

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