New Runners, Run, Shop

Many people love running for its simplicity. It’s just you and a trusted pair of running shoes (and the appropriate apparel). Saucony builds shoes that are designed for your runs – long or short. Since your goals and needs as a runner are different from others’, there are several shoes that will support your feet and your runs, whether they’re two or 20 miles. With so many choices, you may have questions on how to decide on which style is best for you, as well as other questions about running shoes.

How do I find the right shoe?

Use the Shoe Finder to help pick the perfect fit for you. By indicating how you’ll use your shoes (e.g., road running vs. trail running), how you want your shoes to feel, and what kind of support you want in your shoes, the Shoe Finder will guide you to the right Saucony style(s).

How long will my running shoes last?

Saucony shoes last for around 400 miles. While that number is a good benchmark, make sure to always monitor your shoes for signs of wear and tear throughout your training, as running in worn-out shoes can increase injury risk—and no one wants to be sidelined for the season.

How long your running shoes last depends on how many miles you do each week. For example, if you run 20 miles per week, your running shoes will last about five months. If you have a more rigorous schedule, your shoes will need to be replaced sooner. For example, if you’re logging about 50 miles each week, your shoes may need to be replaced in about two months.

One way to extend the lifespan of your shoes is to alternate between two different pairs. If you find ones that you love, consider buying two pairs of the same style and switching them out every other run. You can also rotate between varying styles, which may help build different muscles and ward off injury. While shoe rotation is not a new concept, you might need some additional info about why it might be a good idea for you.

Once you buy a new pair of shoes, jot down the date of your first run and track your weekly mileage in them—that way, you’ll know when to replace them. Or try using an app to record your daily miles. There are several apps available, many with free versions, including Strava, Garmin® Connect, and Couch to 5K.

How often do I need to replace running shoes?

Runners usually need to replace their shoes every 400 miles. However, that number can vary depending on a few factors, including how many miles you run each week, what surfaces you run on, and your personal comfort preferences.

Certain surfaces—such as hot pavement in the summertime—can wear shoes out faster than other locales, like a well-groomed trail in the shade, so you might have to replace shoes more often depending on where you run. Your comfort preference can also dictate when you need a new pair. If your shoes feel uncomfortable or worn-down before 400 miles, it’s time to retire them.

How do I know if my running shoes are worn out?

Usually, your body will tell you when your shoes are worn out. If you’re a regular runner and you suddenly feel an ache or pain in your shins, feet, arches, knees, or Achilles, your shoes might be to blame. Here are a few markers of worn-out shoes:

  • Creases along the outer midsole that signal compressed cushioning
  • Worn-out treads
  • Holes or tears in the upper fabric
  • Shoes feel “flat” when you run

Should running shoes be a size bigger?

Because of gravity and extra blood flow, your feet will tend to swell during your run. Therefore, it’s not unusual to have a running shoe size that’s larger or wider than your normal shoe size. The best way to learn your running shoe size is to have your foot measured at a local running shoe store.

Well-fitting shoes should feel snug in the heel and midfoot, with room for your toes to spread out and wiggle around. If your toes are cramped or rubbing the end of the shoe, you likely need a larger size. Also, if you have black or missing toenails after a run (it happens), your shoes are probably too small.

Listen to what your feet are telling you

When something doesn’t feel right with your running shoes, let your feet be your guide. Pay attention if your shoes are uncomfortable, look or feel worn-out, or are too tight. It’s best to trade out old or ill-fitting shoes for a better pair before they cause problems. While 400 miles is the magic number to retire your shoes, remember to always pay attention to signs of wear and tear, no matter the mileage.

What are some of the most popular Saucony running shoes?

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  • Men’s/Women’s Freedom: Responsive neutral shoe that’s low to the ground (4mm offset) and features soft cushioning that cradle and support your foot

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  • Men’s/Women’s Kinvara: Saucony’s lightest, fastest neutral shoe with an ultra-responsive midsole and breathable upper

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  • Men’s/Women’s Guide: Designed with comfortable stability in mind, it features a subtle medial post to give you a supportive fit

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  • Men’s/Women’s Endorphin: A line of running shoes that are built with SPEEDROLL Technology that propels you forward effortlessly while the responsive PWRRUN foam cushioning gives you a light, fast feel

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