Should I regularly alternate between my trainers?

When we find the running shoe that works best for us, should we wear it for every run? Or do we need a variety of pairs to repeatedly switch between?

Jurian Elstgeest is a runner and the managing director of shoe brand 361°,

As someone working in the running footwear industry, I obviously say, “Yes, you should!” But if you’d ask me as a runner? I’d say “yes” too! Having ran for decades and coming from a track and field background (decathlon), I can honestly say it makes sense to alternate your footwear. The obvious situation is when you go off-road and need more grip for different surfaces. But in general it’s good to alternate the surfaces you run on, the tempos you run and the type of shoes you wear. The more you surprise your body, the more adaptive and resilient it gets. Let’s turn the question around; should I always run the same loop at the same tempo wearing the same shoes? Apart from the boredom factor, the answer can’t be yes to that, can it?

I suggest you regularly alternate between your everyday workhorse shoe and something else. Something lighter, less structured, something that provides more feel between you and the surface. Run shorter runs, faster or slower or just the same pace in these shoes and you’ll soon notice your feet and lower legs will have to do more work. So the more you can
strengthen your feet and lower legs, the longer you will be able to keep injuries away.

Nick Beresford is the CEO of Enertor, the shock absorbing and energy returning insoles worn by Usain Bolt,

While alternating your running shoes can help to prolong their life, all the while protecting you from injury, there’s an argument runners need to ‘bed in’ to their running shoe and that we must avoid swapping trainers for the sake of it. There’s also the cost restraints of owning multiple pairs of trainers. Accessories can further the performance and protection of a shoe, such as our Enertor insoles. These offer 44 per cent shock reduction and 36 per cent energy return, giving runners improved performance and muscle function without having to invest in expensive trainers. The D30 shock absorption material spreads the load across the foot, providing instant relief and long-term protection.

On impact, the molecules lock together to absorb and disperse energy, before instantly returning to their flexible state, also reducing the toll on the running shoe itself. Your standard run shoe insole is very flimsy and provides little real protection. One pair of scientifically proven insoles can minimise money spent, but also help to injury proof your limbs. Ultimately, running shoes do have a shelf life. But let’s maximise these miles with quality, injury-proofing and shoe life-prolonging accessories.

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