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Here at Pro:Direct Running, we currently offers discounts when buying multiple pairs of running shoes, making it easier and more affordable for you to build your dream shoe rotation! With a 10% discount on the purchase of 2 running shoes simply using code 2SHOES24 at checkout. If you're buying 3 or more, you can benefit from 15% off with code 3SHOES24. This offer extends across our vast range of running shoes and enables runners to optimize their training regimen with an ideal shoe rotation, enhancing both performance and savings. But what exactly is a shoe rotation, and what benefits does it offer?

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If you are new to running, and not covering too many miles yet, then the good news is that one pair of shoes is probably enough for you, but for those who manage to get out multiple times a week and rack up a few miles, keep reading to see how you can make the most of your shoes, and your runs.

What is a running shoe rotation?
A running shoe rotation involves using multiple pairs of running shoes in a planned manner rather than relying on a single pair for all your runs. There are different shoes designed for different styles of running workouts and having a good shoe rotation allows you to benefit from wearing correct footwear for specific needs. For example, it’s a great idea to have a cushioned shoe specifically for daily mileage and another lightweight shoe for runs where you need to dial up the speed. There are also specific scenarios that would be improved by wearing applicable footwear.Examples of this would be a trail shoe with big lugs for when you go off road or a lightweight race day shoe to maximise on the efforts put in within your training plan.

Why should I rotate my running shoes?
Rotating running shoes can extend the life of each pair by allowing them to fully dry out and have foam rebound between runs, reducing wear and tear, and potentially lowering the risk of injury by changing the stress your body goes through when running in different shoe models.

How many pairs of running shoes should I have for a rotation?
The number of shoes in your rotation can vary, but many runners find that having two to three pairs in rotation is sufficient. This allows you to alternate between them.

How often should I rotate my running shoes?
The frequency of rotation depends on your running habits. Some runners rotate shoes for every run, while others may do so every other run. You should rotate when you feel your shoes have absorbed moisture or started to lose their cushioning and support.

Should all the shoes in my rotation be the same model?
Rotating different models or brands can provide varied support and cushioning for your feet, potentially reducing the risk of overuse injuries whilst also allowing you to use different shoes designed for specific types of running workouts. Running in different footwear also helps you become stronger as different footwear can help ensure different muscles are firing up.

Can I rotate between different types of running shoes, like stability and neutral shoes?
Yes, you can rotate between different types of running shoes if they are suitable for your running style and needs. For example, you can use stability shoes on days when you need extra support and neutral shoes when you want a lighter, more cushioned feel.

How do I know when it's time to replace a pair of shoes in my rotation?
Pay attention to the wear and tear on your shoes, as well as any discomfort or loss of support. Generally, running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles (482-805 kilometres), depending on factors like your running style and the shoe's durability.

Can I rotate between old and new running shoes?
Yes, you can rotate between old and new shoes if the older ones are still in good condition and provide the support and cushioning you need.

Do I need a different rotation strategy for training and racing?
Many runners have a dedicated pairs for different types of training and a separate pair for races. This can help ensure that your racing shoes are in optimal condition when you need them for competition.

What is the perfect shoe rotation?
It can be hard to narrow down all the options, but in the most basic form, most people like to use a faster shoe for faster days and races, and a cushioned, comfy, but perhaps heavier and more durable shoe for racking up long milage runs.

Conclusion
From structured, neutral, and trail, to short distance racers, marathon racers, plated speed trainers, recovery run shoes, tempo shoes, and high mileage shoes, there are as many shoes as there are types of run, and you could easily have a shoe for each type if budget was of no consequence.

The best rotation for you will depend on the type of runs you do most often, the shoes that you find suit your running style and fit, and your budget, but whatever shoes you chose by you will give you shoes time to recover, helping them last longer, and help your muscles develop around more than one way of running, helping reduce the chance of injuries.

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Ray Barlow

Having suffered from Chronic Fatigue for over a decade, I am a recent convert to the joys of running. Although every run steals a lot of energy, the mental health and fitness benefits more than make up for it. My runs are mainly across the back of the nearby beaches, dodging between the tourists. When not geeking out over the latest running tech, you can find me trying new gins, making gins, or boring anyone within earshot about gin.
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