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How To Get The Most From You Running Shoes Before You Throw Them Away?

October 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments ·


Most shoes will eventually become junk and end up in a landfill. However, before that happens, I have discovered several ways you can make the most from your running shoes.

    1. At the initial stage, a new pair of shoes give you the best cushioning and protection for your best performance as you run, day after day. A typical running shoes can last for about 300 miles (160 kilometer). Therefore, if you run 10 miles a week, the shoes will last you for about 32 weeks, which is between 8 to 9 months.
    2. After passing through their peak, you can retire the shoes to be your casual street shoes. Pair them with jeans for your movie going, grocery shopping or outing with your kids.
    3. The next stage when even the casual street shoes show signs of age over time, you can use them when you are doing lawn mowing, painting or gardening.


    1. The next stage, it depends on the shoes condition:
      • If they still can be well worn, donate them to charity. Find a local drop-off center in your community. If the shoes are battered in shape, you can either throw them away or send it to shoe recycling programs.
      • Under Let Me Play community campaign and environmental program, Nike has taken initiative to help recycle the old shoes. It collected worn-out athletic shoes of any brand, processed and recycled them into material called Nike Grind. This material are used in floor surfaces like tennis courts, basketball courts, synthetic soccer fields, running tracks and playground. As of early year of 2008, more than 20 million pairs of shoes were recycled and 250 sports surfaces have been built under this Let Me Play program. So, not only Nike Just Do It, Nike also Just Do More. Just that this program is only available in US, Europe and Australia.


The several stages and use of shoes are purely my suggestions. If you want to donate your shoes right after the first stage, go ahead and do so. In short, make the most of your running shoes. Make every of your cent or penny count or give them to someone else who will put them to good use. Let the shoes enjoy the full productive life. Reduce, reuse and recycle as a daily mantra. Love our mother earth.



Category: Fitness Gadget/Equipment

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  • Tom Parker // Oct 18, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Great post Mun. Do the worn out trainers have to be Nike trainers to participate in the “Let Me Play” campaign or will they accept any brand?

  • Abe // Oct 22, 2011 at 3:53 AM


    You’ve made little mistake: 300 miles are about 480 kilometers.

    Good blog/site. I liked it very much!

  • Joe // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Great information. I hate to throw my shoes out till the very end of use. Glad to see their are options out there to recycle.

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