How many pairs of runnin shoes do you own

How many is too many?

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16/01/2013 at 16:40

I was just wondering how many pairs of shoes everyone has "on the go" at any one time. It`s starting to cause a few arguments at home as the kitchen seems to be filling up with them and it`s too damp to store them in the garage.

Currently I have

2  (pairs) x Racing flats - 1 nearly worn out, 1 not yet worn in.

2 x Trail /off road shoes - 1 for really muddy stuff 1 for racing

3x "ordinary running shoes" for general road running

1x Minimal / barefoot shoes - thought i`d try and see what it is all about.

so thats 8 pairs,

what does everyone else have?  (hoping i`m not the only one with so many)

16/01/2013 at 16:46

I have four pairs but then have only 'road raced' until now but considering some trail stuff soon.

x2 pairs daily training shoes, 1 pair about 300 miles, the other brand new

x1 pair of 'racers'

x1 pair of minimal.

You can never have enough pairs in my eyes! But like Millsy they do create 'storage' issues 

My issue is the sheer amount of running clothing. At the last count I had 22 running tops!!!!!

16/01/2013 at 16:48

My OH has a ridiculous number of them.  There are up to nine pairs in the cupboard, a couple in the hall, some in a drawer....

I have two pairs.

16/01/2013 at 16:54

I'm reluctant to throw my favourite trainers away (or even give them to charity) so I have : 2 x road trainers that have done over a 1000 miles but are fine for mixed terrain muddy training runs

4 x more regular road trainers (including a pair I bought two years ago and still haven't started using yet)

2 x racers

1 x 'waffles'

1 x 'conversions' - old road trainers now with an off-road sole

1 x athletic spikes

1 x cross country spikes

So that's 12 pairs in total


16/01/2013 at 16:58

This week I have:

2x daily runners (two versions of the same model, one new and the other 80% ish through their effective life)

1x lightweight racing shoes.

Last week I had these three pairs plus at least another five pairs of old shoes that were used occasionally.  I'm feeling much better for getting rid of them!

16/01/2013 at 17:00

2 x pairs of road shoes

1 x lightweight

1 x XC spikes

1x trail

1x Fell

But that could all change as there a few sales on at the moment

16/01/2013 at 17:03

only have two pairs, one for road and flat trail and one for mud and hills!


16/01/2013 at 20:32
3 pairs of trail shoes. 1 minimalist pair of trail shoes. 2 lightweight racing shoes. 5 pairs of road running shoes. That makes 11 pairs.
16/01/2013 at 21:23

I only have 2x road (am thinking of getting another pair exactly the same for when the current pair wear out, as they're cheap right now) and 1 x trail, but I also have three or four pairs of 'retired' road shoes that I think are knackered for running but would still use for other things, e.g. gardening, gym, etc.

16/01/2013 at 22:31
XC spikes, track spikes, mud pluggers, trail shoes, racing flats, 3 pairs road shoes + 1 pair for work runs and 1 set in the car. 10 sets plus 2 pairs still in their box and one knackered pair for other things.

Have more shoes than the missus!
16/01/2013 at 22:48

1 pair training shoes (ordinary Asics) used for daily miles/gym.

1 pair trail shoes (although mostly used for hill walking these days).

1 pair fell shoes.

1 pair XC spikes

1 pair lightweight racing flats

2 pairs not really worn for running, just for kicking about.

I think that's all... bf has....

3 pairs old training runners

1 pair trail shoes

1 pair fell shoes

1 pair XC spikes

fast flats

faster flats

15 pairs all in... hmmm.... we may have an addiction

17/01/2013 at 04:02


17/01/2013 at 06:27


I now have the evidence I need to convince the missus that I do, in fact need at least another 3-4 pairs


17/01/2013 at 07:25

One.  I use them until they wear out and replace them.  I do wear size 14's so there isn't a great deal of choice for me though.

17/01/2013 at 08:18

besides the few old pairs of asics i no longer run in or wear but keep kicking around for god knows what reason...

2x new balance minimus zero road shoes (1 for training and a nice clean newer pair for race day)

1x barefoot trail shoe

1x "waffle" fell/mud shoe

1x track running shoe (middle distance adidas spikes)

2x GoRun (used to run in these a lot but these days i just use them for waking or traveling, they are by far the most comfortable shoes ive ever worn)


and finally i have for no reason other than sentimental, the pair i completed my 1st race in, in a box under the bed,

Edited: 17/01/2013 at 08:25
seren nos    pirate
17/01/2013 at 08:36

I only own a few pairs of real shoes.........

but running shoes..........

1 walshes
3 trail.
4 running shoes ijn use
1 new pair shoes
4 older pairs used for everyday walking around
1 old pair used for painting 

17/01/2013 at 09:19

2 pairs. Just plucked up the courage to throw 3 pairs out that I though i (might) use at somepoint!

17/01/2013 at 10:30

According to Fetch I have the following active right now

  • Tubbs snowshoes
  • Salomon Speedcross CS
  • Salomon XA Pro 3D boot
  • Nike Flex
  • Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX
  • Yaktrax Pro
  • Asics Fuji Sensor GTX
  • Icebug Heros
  • Asics gel trail attack
  • Salomon XT Wings
  • Salomon Speedcross 3
  • Asics gel 1140
  • Asics gel trail Lahar

I like to swap around

Edited: 17/01/2013 at 10:38
17/01/2013 at 12:49

I have 8 that are active - My current list is:

Brooks T7 racers (for 5-10ks)
Asics Hyperspeed4s - lightweight shoes I didn't really get to grips with, so use very occasionally
Brooks ST5 (for 10k-10m races and whenever I fancy something a bit lighter)
Brooks GTS 12 - core milegage shoe
Asics 2170 (*2) - alternative everyday mileage shoes
Roclite 315s (*2) - trail shoes (one old pair only used when the current pair are soaking wet)

I'm about to buy another pair of the Brooks GTS12 as I suspect my current ones are approaching the end of their useful life.

17/01/2013 at 14:16

2 x road 
3 x race
1 x XC spike
(plus 1 x track spike, impulse bargain buy in Sports Direct, haven't had a chance to see whether they'll knacker my calves yet.)

I've got 942 miles in my latest pair of Nike Zoom Elite, and the foam is starting to show through the outer, so I think they'll need retiring by 1,000 miles. I'm holding out at least till my next race, in case I win any more Sweatshop vouchers. 

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