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When Should You Change Your Road Shoes

kmahonykmahony Posts: 380
edited June 2008 in Workshop
How long should a pair of shoes last?

With running trainers, you'd only expect a few hundred miles. Is there an point at which you change your cycling shoes.

I ask as one of my shoes collapsed last night. Probably done 10-15,000km. But I have much older MtB type shoes, which seem fine.


  • I'd say when they stink so much people moan when your out riding with them
  • graeme_s-2graeme_s-2 Posts: 3,382
    kmahony wrote:
    I ask as one of my shoes collapsed last night. Probably done 10-15,000km.

    I'd suggest now would be a good time for you to change your shoes then. :)
  • andy_wrxandy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Running shoes have shock-absorption built-in, which stops working after a while
    (- when it stops depends on your weight, running style/mechanics, what sort of surfaces you've run on, etc as well as the shoe : heavyweight stability shoe or lightweight minimalist racer).

    They're designed to bend and flex as your foot goes through the heel-strike, toe-off pronation process you get with running, the foam and plastic sole inserts are designed to compress and then spring back.

    Cycling shoes by contrast I guess are designed to be stiff, to not flex and compress as that saps the power you're trying to put through the pedals..

    So obviously if you have carbon or fibre-glass soled cycling shoes which are designed to be ultra-stiff but now aren't, or the uppers aren't giving you the support and rigidity around the foot or heel any more, then you'll need to replace them.

    But it'll be a lot more than 500 miles like you might get from a running shoe.
  • kmahonykmahony Posts: 380
    Now the owner of some bling Sidi Genius 6.6

    Very nice, just a pity it's happened 11 days before the Etape!!
  • andy_wrxandy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Ah, s'alright.

    Just like buying a nice shiny new pair of running shoes at the expo and then doing the marathon in them 8)
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