Anyone else tearing holes on the sides of their shoes from sliding?

crash

Rookie
Like this:


Any suggestions of shoes with solid sides/upper construction that will survive this? I got the FF2's for that reason and they did ok but I still tore a hole on the side before the outsole. Old Barricades (circa 2014-2016) had a sturdy plastic patch in the right spot, but most recent ones don't and barely last a few sessions.
 

Lukhas

Legend
It has been talked about on the forums. To be honest, with its rubber patch, the Court FF2 is as good as it gets, and apparently it has lasted until your outsole became slick out at least pretty much slick, which is pretty good for a tennis shoe.

Otherwise, I put compounds similar to Shoe Goo on new shoes fit prevention. I then apply some more when I'm done grinding through the layer ofgglue. I don't use Shoe Goo itself because I don't like it (hard and smelly), but there are many competitors if you look at the skating or hiking industries. I like FreeSole's results, but it's a nightmare to store even if you freeze it: it cures very easily.

As for your current shoe, I personalty would put them in the bin, unless there's a durability warranty on them.
 

LiamMiguel

New User
Happens pretty often to me, as Lukhas said, that rubber extension to that side of the shoe is great and if you rip through that, the shoe is most likely done. If the sole's fine, I suggest some sort of rubber substance, I know I used to put some on, I just don'
remember the brand. A more temporary solution is using something like duct tape but it doesn't stick well or last long either. I'll be watching this thread as well as I might need this solution as well. :-D
 

crash

Rookie
It has been talked about on the forums. To be honest, with its rubber patch, the Court FF2 is as good as it gets, and apparently it has lasted until your outsole became slick out at least pretty much slick, which is pretty good for a tennis shoe.

Otherwise, I put compounds similar to Shoe Goo on new shoes fit prevention. I then apply some more when I'm done grinding through the layer ofgglue. I don't use Shoe Goo itself because I don't like it (hard and smelly), but there are many competitors if you look at the skating or hiking industries. I like FreeSole's results, but it's a nightmare to store even if you freeze it: it cures very easily.

As for your current shoe, I personalty would put them in the bin, unless there's a durability warranty on them.
Thanks, I’ll look into this strategy for the next pair. I know the current pair is done (and FF2s don’t have a durability warranty), but was wondering if maybe there was some other shoe out there that was sturdier in this area.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
Thanks, I’ll look into this strategy for the next pair. I know the current pair is done (and FF2s don’t have a durability warranty), but was wondering if maybe there was some other shoe out there that was sturdier in this area.
Vapor NXT and Zoom Vapor Cage have pretty substantial sliding protection that wears same as or sometimes slower than the outsole (according to durability tests)
 
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