why buy expensive shoes?

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  1. Trey

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    I have been getting along with on-sale shoes, some name brand some not, since I have been playing. I generally don't spend more than $20-25 and sometimes even less than that! 8) Am I missing out on a lot from buying the higher end shoes?
     
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  2. perfmode

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    It depends on what you want/need. Higher end shoes have better traction, cushioning, comfort and durability but sometimes they are lacking in one of those departments. Personally, I've never paid less than $90 on a pair of tennis shoes. That's just me.
     
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  3. Richie Rich

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    Name brand shoes are 100% better for you and your feet than $25 walmart specials.

    I wait until end of year sales or go to clearance outlets (marshalls, adidas and nike outlets) and pick up last years models at great prices. TW has some great deals on older shoes if you are the right size.

    Spend the extra $20. Your knees will thank you over the long run.
     
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  4. ma2t

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    Cheaper shoes don't last as long, don't protect you against injury as well, tend to be heavier, and don't look as nice! :D

    Seriously, if you don't have any problems with buying cheaper shoes, then more power to you.
     
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  5. Trey

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    I generally don't buy shoes at Walmart but usually at on sale at places like Marshalls or Big 5. I play tennis about 3 times a week for 1.5-2 hours each time. My shoes last on average 8-9 months. The last 3 shoes I bought were Nike Avengers for $17.99, Wilson Avenger Court for $19.99 and some reebok shoes the model I am not sure of, but they were only $9.95 at some place going out of business. :)

    Yah I know I have been cheapo but I guess I really never gave shoes an second thought :D
     
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  6. finchy

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    wow. shoes arent supposed to last for 8-9 months. especially tennis shoes. you normally put on a banging on your shoes for 3+ months and after that, u would want to replace the insole.

    if i had to wear 3 pairs of tennis shoes (those cheap ones u have) for 8-9 months, i'd might as well be playing in my socks because i've worn through the bf in 2 months (outsole melted and is almost completely smooth) because i play in the texas sun.
     
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  7. Trey

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    Heh well they last 8-9 months when I am rotating them among 2 or 3. But anyhoo I decided to get some better shoes because my feet deserve better. I still can't see myself spending $100 on a pair but may be something more in the $50-60 range.
     
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  8. Cruzer

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    Personally I won't spend over $85.00 for a pair of shoes for tennis. I never buy the latest and greatest styles as that is how you spend over $100 a pair. If you shop around and are patient you can get very good tennis shoes for $70-$80.
     
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  9. finchy

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    good yet resonably priced shoes would definitely be the barricade 2's. about $80 and very good. plus 6 month outsole warrenty.
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    I refuse to spend more than $40 on a pair of tennis shoes. I just wait until they're discontinued and then stock up! :D
     
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  11. Richie Rich

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    You should have no problem getting a really good shoe in the 50-60 range. Just look at TW specials on shoes. As long as you can get your size.
     
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  12. Matt H.

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    Shoes are not something to try to save a buck on. Shoes can make a difference between an ankle injury, and sometimes even lower back problems.

    Nike has a multi-million dollar lab testing out shoes, so it's a lot more than just the "brand name."
     
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  13. fastdunn

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    I agree with Matt on this. You need quality shoes that fit your need.
    But it's not always most expensive shoes.. Plus it depends on your
    foot type. I like Nike shoes but they are not my game shoes.. :?
     
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  14. BreakPoint

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    Then why do Nike shoes suck so much? I mean, honestly, I think they are one of the worst quality tennis shoes out there. Brands like Adidas, K-Swiss, and Prince, for example, have much better quality and are just better shoes overall IMHO.

    IMO, the money you spend on Nike shoes goes to pay Agassi, Federer, Hewitt, S. Williams, et. al., whereas, the money you spend on Prince or K-Swiss shoes goes into the shoes.
     
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  15. Matt H.

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    define "suck" ???

    I'll say this. Nike shoes aren't as durable as other companies. However, the durability is sacrificed to obtain good mobility and support.

    Obviously a person's foot structure will vary the results, but for me, nike tennis shoes have always worked great for me on the tennis court.

    i've also owned 2 pairs of adidas shoes too (osweego's and galaxys)
     
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  16. BreakPoint

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    When I say "suck", I'm referring to the overall quality of the shoes. Most Nike tennis shoes look and feel like $19.99 Wal-Mart specials to me. The materials used and the workmanship just seem shoddy to me. And, yes, the durability is generally sub-par. Now when I compare Nikes to Adidas, Prince, or K-Swiss shoes, I see a HUGE difference in overall quality of materials and workmanship. These other shoes just seem better made (i.e., more well built) to me, and as it turns out, they generally last longer, too. Not a coincidence IMHO. In car terms, these other shoes are as solid as a Mercedes, whereas, Nikes are more like Hyundais.
     
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  17. Thanatos

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    I agree. I used to buy cheap shoes at Target for $15. I played in them for awhile then got an ankle injury bc there was no support. I just bought a pair of Diadora Champion DA2 from TW for $39.99.
    It was on sale and provides me with the traction, durability, and support my ankle needs. I bought 2 additonal pair for spares in case they discontinue making them. I hate to switch to different shoes bc my feet have trouble adjusting to them.
     
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  18. perfmode

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    New Balance is the Volvo.
    Adidas is the Mercedes.
    Nike is the Jaguar.
     
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  19. BreakPoint

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    Well, since Adidas is a German company, it is fitting that Adidas is the "Mercedes" of tennis shoes.

    However, since both New Balance and Nike are American companies, it would be more appropriate for New Balance to, say, be Cadillac or Lincoln, and maybe Nike is Ford or Chevy. :lol:
     
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  20. fastdunn

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    I would not say Nike is Hyundai's. To me Nike is expensive,
    good looking and has nice features but it just does not have
    comfortable ride. And some of Nikes are not exactly performance
    oriented shoes.

    Plus Mercedes are kind of lagging behind other luxuries these days
    in terms of performance and especially reliability, IMHO.

    Plus Hyundai is not exactly poor quality, these days.
    Lots of low end and mid range Japanese automobiles are
    now not built in Japan and their quality is degrading....
     
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  21. BigboyDan

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    Nike: they just can't find as many 16 year-old asian girls who want to work in slave-wage sweatshops like they use to.

    Nike has always put style over substance, deliberately.
     
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    No, New Balance is the Volvo because it is about comfort and safety but it's not flashy.

    Nike is the Jag because they are seksi but they don't hold up well over time and can be cumbersome.
     
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  23. BiGGieStuFF

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    Nike is Mercedes. Very flashy, good quality but overpriced for what you get.

    Adidas is the bmw. Very sporty, has some flash, priced about right for the content you get.

    New Balance is the volvo.
     
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  24. Trey

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    enough of these shoe to car comparisons! Next you will comparing shoes to underwear 8)
     
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  25. Thanatos

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    Well it's kinda like a female buying a nice lingerie from Victoria's Secret and another female buying it from Kmart.
     
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  26. perfmode

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    I agree with you more than I agree with myself.
     
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  27. OnyxZ28

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    Off topic, but puh-leeze if you think a 40 grand 330Ci isn't overpriced, for crying out loud, a paint option costs 3 grand on a car that is the yuppie Camry.
     
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    BMW are well made, German cars. The 5 Series used to be an overpriced Honda Accord but this year they really pulled ahead in the technology department.

    I admit I am a little biased because I come from a BMW family. My father swears by them and won't drive anything else. We just got our third a couple months ago.
     
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  29. blueskaterboy

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    why are we talking about cars now!?!?! BMWs are very nice, im trying to make my dad get an m5 (its a family car). in terms of reliability, we have the extremes of both, a toyota and lexus that will easily hit 300k miles, and my rx-7 that probably wont see 150k.

    comparing apples to oranges is pointless.

    ive been using a pair of nike air court zooms or whatever, it was the shoe that agassi wore a while ago. its pretty ugly i got the one with the red white and blue color scheme. its pretty worn now with holes in the toes, but i must say i like way it is designed, it wont let your ankle roll sideways, great for changing direction, great traction, and durability is actually really good.
     
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  30. BiGGieStuFF

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    I don't think they are overpriced. I do believe they are expensive, but you get quite a bit for your money. BMW isn't the best in any one aspect but is definitely at the top in all categories. The car is about balance.

    Expensive yes. Overpriced? No. I mean adidas is a bit pricey also. 100 bucks for a pair of barricades? Prince shoes are like half the price of adidas but the barricades are definitely good shoes for the money. Hard to justify the price but once you've paid and wear them, you can't complain.
     
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    I'm on my second pair of Nike Air Zoom Breathe Free II's and I love them. It does suck spending $110 on shoes, but it's worth it for me. I didn't like the original Air Zoom Breathes that much, otherwise I'd be buying them since they're floating around on ****.

    Besides, now that Nike is offering the durability gaurantee, they're basically $55 a pair if you're the type that wears through them quick.

    As for the 40k 330Ci, you can get a 325Ci for almost 10k cheaper. Being an owner of this car and a previous owner of a Honda Accord, I can say without hesitation that the 325Ci is an awesome car and is well worth the money. It's quick, has great handling, has a sharp look, a comfortable ride, and comes with the customer service and other benefits that you don't get with a mainstream car. Yuppy Camry? No way.
     
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  32. BiGGieStuFF

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    325ci is a great car but there are a few things on the 330 that make it a bit more worthwhile. the difference is closer to 7K than 10K though. But I like the breathe II's and the barricades for different reasons. Just finding what's right for YOU is the best you can do for yourself. All great points indeed :)
     
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  33. AAAA

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    A 100$ dollar shoe should last longer than a few months. The manufacturers are making people accustomed to low durability shoes so that the customers think it is 'normal' to buy shoes all the time. In Formula 1 racing tyre durability is a very important performance issue and year on year the two tyre suppliers for F1 do make big improvements in the performance and durability of the rubber compounds used in the tyres. If rubber used in demanding conditons like motor racing can be improved then the rubber on tennis shoes can also be improved.

    I just wait for a last season's shoes to drop in price. A model I've had my eye on since it came out in spring has already dropped in price by 20%. By January/February next year it will be down to a reasonable and 'fair' price.
     
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  34. Trey

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    Well I have been rotating between

    Diadora Champs $39.95
    Wilson Prostaff $39.95
    Adidas Barricade II $79.95

    All 3 shoes are much better in the comfort and support department compared to the cheapo shoes I bought before. Although I like the barricades the best, the diadoras are a very close second. I think I really can get by with $40-50 shoes quite nicely without sacrificing much in performance.
     
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  35. kreative

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    but w/ the barricades, you can basically get a 2 for 1 if you wear them out within 6 months. i currently rotate between barricade II's, reebok upsets, and nike breathe frees. upsets are really comfy, and i like playing them on "practice" days b/c the cushioning is excellent, and i can play for hours w/o any soreness in my feet. game day and some practice days i play w/ the barricades, love the low to the ground feel, and just very nice overall. also like the breathe frees, but got them in my regular size making them a little more snug then i normally like.

    bmw's seem overpriced to me, for 40k, i'd go for the new acura RL or the G35 coupe. 330 rear seating is tight for a sedan. low power output for a 6 cyl also. i must say that i like the m3 thou 8)
     
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