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Boricua 02-08-2013 11:23 AM

When do you change your tennis shoes?
The question arises not on how the shoe looks but in terms of its performance. For example, the rubber sole begins to wear off, is that just an initial wear or is it a sign that the shoe must be changed? In practical terms some people wear the shoe until a hole comes about. But, in terms of performance when is it time to change it in order to have a well balanced shoe that prevents one from developing an injury such as ankle twist, improper aligment, etc.??

Andyroo10567 02-08-2013 11:28 AM

I'm pretty sure that's all up to you to decide. If it doesn't feel comfortable anymore, then you should probably switch before you mess up your feet. But if you wore out the shoe to the point where you can see the insole, i think its time to switch. At that point you wouldn't have any cushion at the spot that has the hole.

JDMasFCK 02-08-2013 11:33 AM

I wear mine until I can fully see the insole of my shoe

mikeler 02-08-2013 11:51 AM

Until either of the following happens:

1) They get a hole in them
2) The tread wears down and I slide all over the place on clay

kimguroo 02-08-2013 12:14 PM

In my case
1) when I see holes or midsoles
2) have knee pains (air max cracking for 4.3 or EVA form failing-barricade)
3) slipping from courts due to smooth rubbers.

Usually it happens between 8-12 months periods of time or 100-140 hrs.

WildVolley 02-08-2013 12:18 PM

It is a matter of personal opinion.

I change my shoes when the tread is too worn down and I slide too often, or there's a hole, or I feel the shoe has become unbalanced because of wear (usually under the big toe).

I've never had an issue with cushioning breaking down.

rdis10093 02-08-2013 12:26 PM

when there is no traction and they start to slide really bad, or when there is a hole. Right now I am playing with two shoes vapor 9 and barricade.

with the vapors it will be a whole
with the barricades it will be from loss of traction.

bosssauce 02-08-2013 12:48 PM


Originally Posted by JDMasFCK (Post 7200255)
I wear mine until I can fully see the insole of my shoe

Doing it oldschool I do the same:)

PhotoBlue 02-08-2013 04:05 PM

If I'm wearing barricades I wear them until most of the toe is the white midsole foam. Same for vapors but 2k tend to get really slippery on the bottom to the point where I can't use them anymore because I'll be changing direction and I'll fall down.

Francis27 02-09-2013 05:25 AM

I change mine when

- I see rips/holes
- When it starts loosing its traction/grip and it starts getting slippery

quest01 02-09-2013 07:43 AM

I usually change mine when I start sliding around the court.

slowfox 02-09-2013 08:38 PM

When a better looking model is released. Fashion slave.

Philipp Kohlscheriber #1 02-09-2013 11:32 PM

I have nike 2k11's that have a massive hole in them but still wear them and they are not too bad.

goran_ace 02-09-2013 11:58 PM

I buy new shoes whenever the previous years' shoes go on sale

TheCheese 02-09-2013 11:59 PM

Until I can safely send them in for my replacement with the 6 month guarantee.

axel89 02-10-2013 03:55 AM

I try to buy new shoes every 6 months

Woolybugger 02-11-2013 06:13 AM

After 2 months, they are worn to the midsole and I can easily send it in for warranty replacement. However, I try to get another month of use out of them. So at about the 3 month mark the cushioning starts to wear down and I send it in. They are Barricade 7's, Propulse 3's, and T22s.

3fees 02-11-2013 06:40 AM

When the front part of the sole is smooth

goosala 02-12-2013 07:39 PM

After six months the cushioning breaks down and becomes flat. This usually happens before the outsole becomes worn down to the midsole. I switch every six months.

S&V Specialist 02-12-2013 08:15 PM

Sponsorship deal with adidas gets me new shoes every 1.5-2 months...

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