Running is one of the most convenient of all sports. All you need is a pair of running shoes, and out the door, you go, but you’ll still need good shoes.
Here’s the (costly) truth. If you log in serious miles every week, you’ll burn through more than a few pairs of shoes a year. At a minimum, you may need to replace those $100+ shoes at least every four to six months.
In other words, pounding the pavement may drain your bank account faster than a four-minute mile.
That’s why having a few tricks to save money on running shoes can come in handy, especially if you run serious miles and/or are short on budget.
Here are some tips for saving money on running shoes. You can keep your budget in check without settling for less than you deserve when it comes to footwear.
Get quality Shoes
Let the record clearly state that the best way to save money on running shoes is to spend the money on high-quality running shoes—even if you’re already two weeks late on your rent.
Sure, a pair of high-quality shoes will be expensive; therefore, spending more is out of the question. But, not all running shoes are made equal.
The best ones are made from superior materials that’s going to last you longer, and vice versa. Try to save money on poorly made shoes and you’ll end up having to replace sooner than planned. Plus, these won’t offer you the same protection as a quality pair.
Instead, look for good deals on higher quality shoes. Not only do quality shoes last longer, but they’ll also help prevent injury. Think of your running shoes as an investment instead of a trivial training tool.
In general, the price threshold for good running is roughly $100. Anything less than that and you might be settling for less than you deserve—and you don’t want that.
Shop for Bargains
Some of the places to check out when shopping for running shoes are department stores and outlet malls.
Most shoe retailers, including Nike, Adidas, and Brooks, have homes at these outlets, which means you can get your hands on those expensive pairs at a discount.
These stores also prefer to move products quickly, so they often discount the slow-selling items, such as running shoes, as well as semi-annual sales they’re always advertising.
It should come as no surprise that you can get steeply discounted running shoes online.
Don’t take my word for it. According to the analysis of prices from 41 online retailers conducted by RunRepeat.com, getting your shoes on, one can save you about 40 percent. That stands for roughly $40.
You can also comparison shop and have more options without having to run around to several stores—nor having to deal with annoying sales staff. You’ll also have a better selection than what you will find at most brick-and-mortar shoe stores.
Here are a few of my favorite shoe websites:
Zappos –offers a wide range of running shoes with free shipping and returns.
ShoeKicker—this handy website helps you pinpoint the lowest possible prices on shoes in one place.
Shoebuy –comes with a price-match guarantee, meaning if you could find a better deal on another website, they’ll refund you 100 percent of the difference.
Before you grab your credit card, remember to factor in the cost of shipping and make sure the website offers a good return policy.
Look for Last Year’s models
As previously stated, a high-quality pair may set you back between $100 to $150. Some cost even more. That said, many running stores would offer last years’ model of the same shoe at a lower price, especially for popular brand shoes.
When the new update hits the market, stores are usually eager to move the outdated version to keep their inventory trendy and healthy, leaving space for the new.
These shoes are not by any means useless, and there is often nothing with them. Often the only thing that changed in a shoe updates is the color, or a minor tweak in the overall design— not a giant leap in shoe technology.
Increase the Longevity of your Shoes
How you treat your shoes greatly impacts their lifespan. Take good care of your sneakers, and they’ll last much longer.
Do the following to keep your shoes in good condition.
Use your running shoes for running only
The average pair has a lifespan of around 400 to 500 miles. Every trip to the grocery store, Zumba class, tacks on the miles, and eventually contribute to the downfall of your favorite shoes.
Wash them the right way
Sure, you won’t necessarily deteriorate your shoes faster if you do not keep them clean, but you will definitely if you clean and dry them improperly.
Never put your running shoes in the washing machine. Instead, get the dirt off the shoes by wiping them down with a shoe brush or a dry cloth after use. Let your sneakers air dry completely instead of placing them near a heater vent or tossing them in the dryer.
Do not wear the same running pair two days in a row. They need time to air out and bounce back. By doing so, you extend the lifespan of your shoes.
So, for instance, if you’re logging in serious miles in preparation for a longer race, consider rotating two—or more—pairs of shoes during the same season. This is also helpful for tailoring the specific shoe for the type of run.
Store them right
Exposing your running shoes to extreme temperatures and elements can cause severe strain on the shoes. Storing your shoes in your car trunk during the summer heat or outside when temperatures are freezing is the fastest way to break them down.
Instead, store them in moderate temperature, preferably in an open area where they can air dry and breathe.
There you have it. The above guidelines will surely help you save some serious pennies on your running footwear. You need to take action, and the rest is just details.
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In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.
Keep running strong.