What’s on your shoe?

first live MSP pics 224x300 Whats on your shoe?Ok, anyone who knows me as a runner knows that I am a low-tech kind of gal. But I can certainly appreciate technology that enhances running, and when I come across technology that’s as simple as it is smart, then I am impressed.

I was quite impressed recently when local runner Jason Kaplan introduced his very cool new product to me, the MilestonePod. It really is the perfect marriage of technology and simplicity.

What is the MilestonePod? It’s a small device that you attach onto your running shoe. What’s it do? Seamlessly tracks your shoes’ mileage so that you know when it’s time to toss them (the recommended range is between 400 and 600 miles). And? It allows you to store all your emergency information as well. Like I said, simple, but valuably so. The price point? $15 via Indiegogo.

Let’s talk about the hows and whys of a device like this. According to Jason and his team, when you get a MilestonePod, you simply connect the USB-enabled device to register the Pod and input your health information. Then clip the Pod to your shoe where it can remain for 100s of miles or until the shoe is replaced. The device just does its job; it passively tracks your mileage and constantly displays your progress. Because it is always connected to track mileage (and unlike your ID bracelet or anklet) you never have to remember to put on the Pod. You also have the option to reconnect the Pod to your computer to update or change your digital ID information.

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Simple device/big returns

As great as the device is, however, the MilestonePod isn’t ready for purchase just yet. This is where you can come in and help support affordable, useful technology like this. The creators of the pod are counting on the grassroots efforts of runners to help get the device off the ground. Working through Indiegogo, the MilestonePod team is looking for investors to raise the $60,000 they need. Donate $15 and you get the pod come around May. The team has set up a variety of donation levels and packages that go with them to show their thanks for your support. Take a look and see if it’s not something that’s a good fit for you.

How often do you change your shoes? Do you typically run with an ID bracelet type product? What do you think of something like the MilestonePod?


Disclaimer: MilestonePod compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.


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  1. Genius! This is the hardest part of running for me. Tracking the darn shoe mileage. I love this idea!
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  2. That’s really cool! How often do you change your minimalist shoes out? Since there’s less, well everything, it seems that there’s less *stuff* to break down?
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  3. That is cool. I run with a RoadID but would totally go with this since I forget it sometimes. I like that it tracks mileage too. No guessing on how many you have and when to replace. Nice!
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  4. That’s pretty cool. I don’t do a good job tracking the mileage on my shoes, and know I’ve had issues before when I’ve ended up running in them too long. Great idea!
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  5. If I’m being proactive, about every 300 mi or so – if not, around 350 I start noticing pains and problems and check my mileage log only to find – hey, time to change shoes! Even w/ my custom orthotics, given my injury history and Masters status, I err on the early side of the window. I like tracking my mileage in my log, and I write the “start” date of each pair on the inner side of the shoe near where the pronation control color change is (wproof fine point sharpie works well) I have run with a RoadID on my shoes for years, and just recently upgraded to a RoadID Interactive bracelet that I wear 24/7. I wouldn’t change.

  6. This is genius. I’m always guesstimating when I need to change my shoes and then usually forget. I love that it’s simple and low-tech. I’m going to go check it out.
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  7. I love this idea. I love that it’s just a simple little thing that goes on your shoe. I never remember how many miles my shoes have – usually I just check the bottoms and/or wait until I don’t feel “right” when running. I don’t track mileage – just another thing that I have to remember to do then =)
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  8. I think it would be great for tracking shoe mileage, but I would still wear a RoadID anklet or bracelet. Because in the unfortunate situation of an impact accident, shoes often come off. Emergency personnel may not think to look around for a shoe, but would likely notice an ID on your body. Just a thought.

    • great comment about the benefits of tracking miles and the shoe issue with impact accidents. We spoke with Paramedics who did confirm that in many impact accidents shoes come off. They also said that they see very few impact accidents with runners (many with cyclists) but more non-impact issues. They also confirmed that most ambulances have USB enabled devices to read the Pod and all hospitals would be able to access the data.

  9. That is such a great idea! I have so much trouble tracking how many miles are on my shoes.
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  10. That’s kinda cool! I run in the Pure Cadence which cap around 250 miles but for me, never make it past 200 miles. It’s so hard because they seem to wear out so fast!
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  11. Well, back when I was running in super cushiony Asics, I would change my shoes out every 300-400 miles. That would be 3-4 months for me. Then I switched to running in Nike Free’s which are much less of a shoe. My foot was able to adapt pretty quickly to a more minimal style and I’ve found that since I can run in those types of shoes with less cushion that I can make a shoe last longer. Sound crazy? I’m still running in a pair of Nike Free’s I had a year ago.
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  12. That’s great. I track my shoes miles on DM, but this would be easier not to forget. After 500 miles I use sneaks for XT, weight room, around town, but the first 500 is all running.
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  13. Intersting idea. I use the Nike+ sportswatch which comes with a shoe sensor. When I upload the run I indicate what shoes I’m wearing and it tracks mileage there. This is a great idea though as the Nike+ does not record your safety information.
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  14. That is a fantastic idea! I especially like the safety feature since I forget my ID bracelet a lot. I usually track my shoe mileage through dailymile or my garmin account. I also have a garmin pod on my shoe so that I don’t have to wait for the satellites to be found before I start running. There are a lot of trees by my house and sometimes takes 10 + minutes to find a stupid satellite.
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  15. Brilliant idea! I’m surprised no one has come up with this before. I’m terrible at tracking mileage on shoes… and I’ve paid for it a few times!
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  16. That’s a really cool idea!
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  17. This is AMAZING! I need something that I can stick on my shoe to track mileage! Although, I would have to buy about four of them to put on all my shoes that I have on rotation.
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  18. This is a very good idea, as I will probably contribute to. As far as tracking mileage however, the online running log I subscribe to for free keeps track of your mileage on all of your shoes when you log a run. Allbeit, a device attached to each shoe you can just look at is ideal. For Trail Running esp, but all running, it would be neat if it also acted as a GPS so some one could track you incase of an accident, or in a trail or ultra marathon to show your location on the course.
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  19. This is an awesome gadget!
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  20. I don’t track mileage, just remove shoes from the rotation when they stop feeling right. Interesting that your right leg is so much hairier than your left. :)
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  21. VERY cool. Love it.
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  22. Genius! My tracking is very unscientific at this point.

  23. That sounds like a great little piece of equipment. I truly don’t keep track of my mileage on my shoes at all. And I love that it has safety in mind, too, with your personal info.
    I wear a Road ID. I used to always forget to wear it, so now I bought a skinny one that stays on.
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  24. i’ve always said change your shoe after 500 miles. My friend needs this so bad! so does my husband!
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  25. That’s such a great idea.
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  26. Great idea for those who really gauge their shoe condition on mileage. Me, I just go by feel. If they feel worn out, I replace them. That having been said, I prefer simple, minimalist shoes, so I pretty much never throw them out, just rotate between several pairs.
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  27. Want. Need. Must have this! I used to diligently track mileage on my shoes in my training log. Now I don’t keep a log and don’t track mileage. No freaking idea how many miles are on my shoes. I would need several of these as I rotate shoes, but the price is very reasonable!
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  28. cool idea!
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  29. Love this!!! What a great idea!!
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  30. Nope. And here’s why – (1) my shoe mileage is already tracked on my training profile on BT (2) I think most serious runners have the sense to know when their shoes need replacing (3) in the event of an accident I want EMTs to have immediate, visible access to my info (i.e., Road ID) (4) my garmin tracks mileage and more. And lastly (5) – it looks like a colorful suppository. – sorry!
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  31. I like the concept except one large issue for me. I rotate through anywhere from 4-8 pairs at a time. At $15 each, no thanks. I’ll right it down to keep track.
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  32. We have a similar product here in SA and I also think it is super cool. I don’t use it however as I track my shoes via my running log software.
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  33. Interesting idea. I never run without my Road ID and I use Daily Mile to keep an eye on shoe mileage – though in the end I tend to go by feel when deciding on whether I need new shoes.
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  34. Huh, that’s pretty interesting. I switch out my shoes every three months or so, or if a cute new pair comes along : )
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  35. My first question is: Can it track multiple shoes? I don’t wear the same ones all the time so how does it work from that perspective? Do you know?
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  36. Holy cow! Pure genius! I was just whining about how I lost track of the miles on my new shoes and now I’m all outta whack. I need a simple way to keep track without having to take the time to write it down. I love this idea!
    When you buy new shoes do you have to buy a new device or does it reset?
    I always wear my Road Id.
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  37. I don’t run, but I do walk — a LOT. Do you know if this tracker will work at a walking pace as well? Clever idea.
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  38. That is pretty awesome! How nice would it be to have information stored and know truly how many miles your shoes have. great price point too!
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