So, if you want to minimize the risk of injury by using your running shoes for other sports and if you want them to last for a longer period of time, it is important to wear them for running only.
Here are some of the reasons why it is advisable to wear running shoes for running, and other specific sport shoes for the particular sport.
* To prevent injury: Every sport shoe is made for the movements involved in that specific sport. For example, tennis shoes are designed to allow for easy and safe side-ward, back and front movements, while running shoes are developed to keep your feet and body safe and stable when you are running forward.
* To form proper habits: You should associate your running routine with your running shoes and clothing. If you are planning to go to play basketball, put your Jordan's on and it will all come naturally.
* The long term investment: You all know that good quality running shoes are more expensive than most other athletic shoes. This is why you should think about the investment you have made when you purchase new running shoes. According to Runabees, this type of footwear typically lasts 300-500 miles. This includes not only running though. Walking with these shoes adds to the mileage and speeds up the wear and tear. So, especially if you are following the 10,000 step program, get some walking shoes to do your daily walking, and leave the running shoes for your daily or weekly runs only. This will save you money in the long run. Wearing proper shoes for the specific activities you perform will let you use them for longer, and will also improve your performance and keep you as safe from injury as possible.
* The gait cycle pattern: When you wear your running shoes for running, their out-soles will gradually adopt a specific pattern based on your pro-nation and gait cycle. These cycles are different when you are running and you are walking, so the patterns differ. If you wear these shoes for both activities, there is a risk that an incorrect pattern develops which can actually worsen gait problems and be dangerous.
* The wear and tea: Running involves taking quite a bit of impact when your feet hit the ground. This means that your shoes will take quite a bit of a beating to absorb this shock and make your running experience more comfortable and safer. Wearing the running shoes for walking and other activities will intensify the wear and tear.
* The cost: Think about the 300-500 miles which your new running shoes will last and about the money you have spent on them. Using them for running only will make your investment sounder, and it will delay the need for a replacement.