Shoe Tracking Feature: How Long Will My Running Shoes Last?

Close up of two runners running in their running shoes on the stairs

You might be wondering: How long do running shoes last? The average lifespan of a pair of running shoes is 500 kilometers. After this, you should replace them to protect your joints and prevent injuries. But how do you know when you have reached 500 km? Sometimes, it is hard to tell just how many meters you have covered in your shoes. If you start using the Runtastic app now or are already tracking your runs with it, in future you will know how many kilometers you have on your shoes. Now in the Runtastic app, you can use Shoe Tracking to know how many kilometers you have on your shoes and when it’s time to think about getting a new pair. Pretty handy, huh? Here are the details:

Your running shoe in your app

New, used or different models – in the Runtastic app, you can enter all the shoes you use to track your runs, hikes and walks.

  • When you have bought new shoes

In the Progress Tab in your Runtastic app, you’ll find “My Shoes” at the bottom. From here you can click on “Manage Shoes” and then “Add” in the upper right corner. If you can’t find your shoe, you can always add a new model plus a photograph of your shoe. After you finish an activity, you can specify which shoe you ran with. The kilometers ran will then be assigned to this shoe. Oh, and you can also give your shoe a unique name!

  • For your existing shoes

Do you already have a pair of running shoes but don’t know exactly how many kilometers you have run in them? You can also add them in the same way mentioned above, but you’ll need to specify the date when you started running, hiking or walking with these shoes. From there,the kilometers you have covered since then will be assigned automatically to your shoes.

  • When you have more than one pair you use regularly

Do you like to switch between different models? No problem. You can save several different shoes in the Runtastic app. After each running activity, you can choose which pair of shoes you were using. This not only helps you stay on top of things, but it also makes it easy for you to see, for example, with which shoes you run most often, how long you have already had them or in which pair you run the fastest on average.

When you have finally reached 500 km

The Runtastic app keeps you up-to-date on the lifespan of your shoes. If you have already reached the 500-kilometer mark, the app informs you and suggests that you start looking for a new pair of shoes.

Why should you replace your shoes?

Studies on the lifespan of running shoes suggest that their ability to absorb shock diminishes over time, thus increasing the risk of injury. Cook, Kester and Brunet have found, for example, that the initial cushion of running shoes dropped to 67% after about 150 miles (240 kilometers) and further to 60% after a little more than 500 miles (800 kilometers). Another study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences has shown that as the number of miles increases, the cushioning capability of the shoes decreases, exposing your joints to greater shock and force. So if you are interested in staying injury-free, you should replace your shoes when recommended.

Picture of the Adidas Parley Shoe.

New life for your old sneakers

Do you care about sustainability? Most shoes leave a pretty big ecological shoe print. Recycling your shoes isn’t going to be easy. They are made of a wide variety of materials – leather, fabrics, metals, rubber, plastic, etc. – and everything is glued and sewn together, making them difficult to separate. So why not buy a pair of shoes whose uppers are entirely made of yarns and fibers that have been recycled from trash and illegal fishing nets taken from the world’s oceans? adidas is leading the way.

Get the Runtastic app here and start tracking your fitness activities. No matter the distance, it counts – and the Runtastic app keeps track of it for you.

This blog post was updated on February 20, 2018.



Christina-Anna Stenz With a background in communication and political science, Christina-Anna is not only interested in media but also keeps up with the latest trends in sports and technology. View all posts by Christina-Anna Stenz »