Do You Guys Hope To Wear Shoes Out Within 6 Months?

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  1. CivicLx

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    Provided the shoe does come with a 6 month warranty, do you try and wear them out or do you hope they last a long as possible? I always hoped to have worn them out by the 6 months just so I could get another pair:)
    What about you guys?
     
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  2. ArliHawk

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    I usually hope to, but the cushioning usually goes before the sole in my experience.
     
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  3. js2501

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    I am glad to hear someone else say that, I was starting to think it was all in my head. Have a pair of Asics GR5 I am trying to get through before May but in the last couple of weeks I have been noticing a lot more pain in my knees and ankles. I was somewhat thinking the shoe's support was wearing out faster than the sole but also thought 4 months shouldn't be long enough to break down the support.
     
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  4. kimguroo

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    CB and barricade last 12 weeks or 125 hrs max. Vapors last only 7 weeks max.
    Usually heel area worn out first for CB and toe area worn out first for barricade.
    Once I tried to use worn out shoes more then I rolled my anckle. Could be serious injury but luckily I was okay. After that incident, I don't try to use too much of worn out shoes. As soon as I see midsoles (form), I change the shoes.
    Midsoles are very slippery and does not give traction so very dangerous to use continuously.
     
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  5. darklore009

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    i would think the same way, make sure that price i paid for it would be worth getting the same shoe twice. buy 1 get one free if you wear the first one off.
     
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  6. eelhc

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    Never have to... I rotate 2 pairs and playing ~4hrs a week I've never had a pair go past 4 months without a worn through outsole. I only wear them while playing tennis.
     
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  7. srvnvly

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    I only buy shoes with a 6-month warranty, because I always wear out the right-foot toe, usually by month 3, regardless of brand.
     
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  8. Winners or Errors

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    I usually do wear through the sole in 6 months. I can think of 2 times in the last 5 years of buying shoes with the wear warranty that I haven't sent them in within 6 months, and both times I was injured.

    It's worth paying the premium for the insurance policy. If I get 6 months, I figure I got my money's worth.
     
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  9. Fintft

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    Especially on clay and even more so on lighter shoes such as Vapors....
     
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  10. Fintft

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    I agree with you and on hard courts I get like 7 weeks out of CBS and 4 weeks out of Vapors.
    My advice is buy NIKE from TW and once the thread is gone in some areas (and you start slipping), they'll kindly give you a new pair (or credit) under the warranty...

    Like you, I don't risk injuries.
     
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  11. eelhc

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    Dome New Balance shoes have the NDurance One Year durability guarantee and those are some of the worst wearing shoes for me ever. I have a pair of 1187s and several spots on the outsole wore through in less than 3 months. You're almost assured a warranty replacement with those.

    I think the shoe makers know that not everyone will return for warranty replacement. Can't imagine the high end shoes costing more than a couple of bucks additional to manufacture so why not jack up the price 2x and give a warranty?
     
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  12. JT_2eighty

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    I agree here. I used to get caught up in only buying 6-month gty shoes, so I could essentially "get the second one 'free'..." but noticed the cushioning is tapped out before the outsoles wear into the midsole. Either that, or having to wear a pair that has no more traction left, yet not worn into midsole yet, just so I could 'cash in', wasn't worth it for me.

    Both of those issues have steered me away from durability shoes, and I now prefer to get lighter, high-performance shoes on sale. Last year I found a pair of V9's on nikestore for under $50, and just wait for last season's stuff to get discounted. Much better value than using a bulky shoe that has no more cushioning or grip left just so I can "wear it through" for the replacement.
     
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  13. rdis10093

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    not really, as I often buy vapors or 308 and neither come with 6 months.
     
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  14. mishadude

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    I usually buy Ascics GR's once they go on sale for under a hundred hoping they'll last for 4-5 months. Unfortunately after 4-5 months the only colorways left in size 14 as replacements look like exploded pumpkins or McDonalds' cheeseburgers.
     
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  15. SoCalJay

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    +1 here. I almost always have one paid under warranty that I wear for practice and some matches. The rest of the dozen or so pairs I've received from warranty replacement are in match rotation depending on the colors I'm wearing.
     
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  16. The_Question

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    Haven't played tennis much lately to wear anything out...but then again, why?
     
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  17. Spin Doctor

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    For me the problem is the uneven wear on the outsole. It starts to get wobbly and unstable before I can wear through the outsole for the warranty.
     
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    3 months from wear on toe and outside of forefoot .
     
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    I normally wear out my barricade 8's in six weeks. Right now I have two holes in the front of the shoe. I'm sending them out monday for another pair. I refuse to buy any shoe without a six month guarantee.
     
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  20. martini1

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    It's just a consumer psychology game. You try to wear it out asap but more people are not hard core enough to do that, or the upper goes first. Then when you get the 2nd pair you probably should play in the same style. So you wear out the second pair again in the next 6 months. The shoe company knows you will have to get a new pair again with 12 months. The cycle goes on. Basically part of the 2nd shoe is sponsored by those who cannot wear out their shoes in the first 6 months. And usually the replacement shoes are in the less popular colorway aka ending inventory going on sale anyway type of deal.

    I rotate shoes so I never be able to wear them out soon enough.
     
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