Fresh Running Shoes
When my Asics running shoes start to break down, I get a new pair to avoid shin splints—or something worse, like a stress fracture. The best way to test your shoes is to look at the mid-sole (cushion area near your heel) for deep creases. When you buy your shoes, there are no creases, but as they start to break down, the mid-soles develop lines from the pounding that become deeper. An old pair of shoes can drag out your recovery because you feel so much more of the road or trail when you don’t have the right cushioning.