How long should athletic shoes last?The life of a pair of athletic shoes is about 6 months, or 500 miles. After this time period, the shoes' exteriors may look as if they're in great condition, but internally, the cushioning will have broken down and the bottom of the shoes will display uneven wear and tear. Just the slightest uneven wear on the bottom of the shoes can put several thousand pounds of pressure on surrounding joints and tendons.
Cleats may be trickier to keep at top form. Try not to wear cleats on hard surfaces; not only do hard surfaces break down cleats unevenly, but they can cause the cleats to press on the bottom of your feet and lead to bruising, which could lead to other injuries from over-compensation.