what is the lifespan of a normal tennis shoes, unworn and kept new?

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  1. tenniswangja

    tenniswangja New User

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    i am wondering how long would keeping tennis shoes just as they first came, in the box in normal room temperature with normal humidity, would maintain the playability and durability in the same condition.

    i heard that almost every tennis shoes has this thing called "zoom air" in them as well as the bond that is glued between different parts. i heard that even if you don't use them, over time the glue and the zoom air start to disintegrate themselves and the playbility and durability of the shoes decrease as time goes on.

    is this true??? or would keeping them as new in the box for whatever time period would still maintain the same playbility and durability, let's say in 10 to 15 years time?

    is there any experts on this?
    you can post replies or even email me.
    i appreciate it very much.
    thank you.
    tenniswangja@hotmail.com
     
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  2. maximo

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    This is an interesting question, i personally would of thought that tennis shoes could last new in the box for several years.
     
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  3. dextor

    dextor Rookie

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    Ummm... a VERY long time.
    Provided that it's not exposed to the sun, which has harmful UV rays that could crack and damage any plastic on the shoe, it will not break down.

    So, 10-15 years will be my LOWER guess. I'm thinking WAY more than that.
     
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  4. The_Question

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    Go onto e-bay and look up on new early 90's Jordans. You'll see cracks, turning yellow, etc.

    I have a few pairs of new Nike running shoes I bought back in 2000, the clear see through air soles are all cracked and gas were long leaked.

    I say no more than 6-7 years...
     
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  5. tenniswangja

    tenniswangja New User

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    thank you so much guys. i appreciate all your feedbacks, i opened up this discussion from talking to a Nike tennis agent. but any thoughts against or for his statement?
     
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    Gorecki G.O.A.T.

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    i trade a lot in vintage shoes and i can have dubious opinions on that. i have found several shoes (some 20 years old) brand spanking new in prefect condition (thelast one a pair of old fila medvedev cmr) and i found some with crubling skin and soles (mainly due to heat and sun exoposition)...
     
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  7. Lendl and Federer Fan

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    Really, only 7 years. This thread is making me nervous about stocking up on Vapors and Barricades. :wink:
     
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  8. martini1

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    Moisture can also make the glue oxidize a lot faster and the shoe will fall apart. Google and you'll see some pics online.
     
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