The above photo reveals my addiction: running shoes! I love trying out every running shoe I can get my hands on. Every shoe in my rotation has a purpose: a lighter, firmer shoe for faster, shorter runs and races, a middle of the road shoe in terms of weight and cushioning for longer runs, and a highly cushioned shoe for recovery runs.
There are two things when it comes to running shoes that I am very diligent about. First, I track the mileage on my shoes. This is because the materials in the shoe will break down over time, usually between 350 to 500 miles. A lightweight shoe could wear down even sooner. Your body weight can make a difference, too - a lighter runner can usually eek more miles out of a pair of shoes than a heavier runner. Running in shoes past their prime is a surefire way to sustain an injury.
Second, I do not run in the same pair of shoes on back to back days. Even shoes need recovery days, not just you! By giving your shoes a day off, you are allowing the cushioning to bounce back from the miles you are pounding out.
One of my favorite shoe review websites (yes I read running shoe reviews in my spare time!) has a great article about choosing the right running shoe for your body type and gait, as well as a list of reputable online retailers. The article can be found here. One caveat to this article: I urge you to visit your local running store before making a purchase, especially if you are a beginning runner. Your local retailer has a knowledgeable staff that will assess your gait, sometimes even taking a video of you running on a treadmill, and show you options for shoes that will work best to keep you running injury free. Your local running store is also a great place to meet other runners and find out about local races and running groups.
And now I'm off to try out the shoes pictured on the bottom left - the Saucony ISOFreedom! I am a Hoka One One devotee but I do like to introduce other brands into my rotation to avoid too much repetitive stress on my body. I would love to hear about what shoes you are loving right now!