New App Tells You When to Replace Your Running Shoes

The new Gear Tracker interface for MapMyRun and ZapposAs many runners know, the rule of thumb on when to replace your sneakers is after you’ve logged about 300 miles in them—but it can be tough to keep track of that on your own.

The good news is that you no longer have to go it alone on the guess-and-test method of sneaker 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.

Worn out shoes have been linked to poor running performances, not to mention overuse running injuries like shin splints or stress fractures.  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 arsenal of tools we can use to fight running injuries.

If you are an avid runner and want more suggestions on how to train safely, or need attention for an existing injury, schedule an appointment with your Houston podiatrist today. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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