The Foot Mechanix Blog

An app that tells you when you need to change your running shoes

Monday, July 18, 2016

As many runners know, the rule of thumb on when to replace your trainers is after you’ve logged about 300 miles in them—but it can be tough to keep track of that on your own.

Time to renew your trainers?

The good news is that you no longer have to go it alone on the guess-and-test method of trainer replacement—Zappos and MapMyRun have teamed up to create an app called Gear Tracker that will tell you when your shoes have worn out and need to be replaced.

Here’s how it works: Gear Tracker asks you to log in what type of running shoes you wear, so as you log your runs, the app can determine when it's time to buy replacement shoes. Based on the data collected, a shoe meter will indicate the health of your shoe, turning yellow and then red as it gets closer to replacement time. When your shoes’ life span is up, the app will send you a notification. At that point, you’ll be given the option to buy shoes directly through the app, courtesy of Zappos, of course.

Gear tracker

Worn out shoes have been linked to poor running performances, not to mention overuse running injuries such as shin splints or tendonitis. Since wearing shoes that have lost their ability to protect your feet can be so damaging, I think an app like Gear Tracker is a great addition to the various tools we can use to fight running injuries.

If you are a professional or recreational runner and need advise on the correct trainers for your foot-type and running style, or need attention for an existing injury, call Foot Mechanix on 01932 353568 to arrange an appointment today.