Custom Barricade 6 (Toe Dragger)

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  1. zerojoshua

    zerojoshua Rookie

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    A little while back I posted a thread about the hassles of quickly wearing through the toes of my tennis shoes. The Addidas Barricade 6 toe lasted me a whole 2 weeks, while I still had at least a month of out-sole left. I got sick of patching the shoe with Shoe Goo because I would only get a day out of it, so I decided I would shoe goo a cut up tennis ball on the toe.

    After I cut the desired piece I drilled many holes in the area of the shoe where the ball skin would be glued. Then I drilled many holes in the ball skin. Finally I sanded down the two surfaces and clued them together.

    In order to hold the skin in place while the glue dried I drilled 8 screws throughout. After the glue dried I removed the screws and walla!.

    I did this a week ago and have a few days of tennis ball skin left. I will probably redo the job until the out-sole is completely worn off.

    I would also consider gluing a harder material that wouldn't damage tennis courts. I welcome ideas.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/106338545807416836120/Barricade6Custom#
     
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  2. Maroon_Tenniskid

    Maroon_Tenniskid Semi-Pro

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    would not dragging your toe be an idea? I only drag mine when I'm stretched out a bit. How do you manage to wear that part out? like what shot do you drag your toe on??
     
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  3. FearOfTheDark

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    This sounds ridiculous!!

    Learn to not drag your foot and you wouldn't have to deal with this~
     
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  4. USERNAME

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    ^^^ Looks ridiculous too...
     
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  5. thundaga

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    I think I would've stuck with the shoe goo and let it set for longer?
     
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  6. zerojoshua

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    I was a basketball player in my prime

    My court coverage is the best part of my game (5 minute mile); I played 2-6 hours of basketball a day in my youth and now about 2 to 3 hours of tennis a day. Pivots and toe dragging give me angles that can be hard to achieve otherwise.

    I have just ordered several rubber basketballs, will cut them to pieces, and will post pictures after I resole my shoes.

    2 weeks to a month for a pair of shoes is just not cutting it. I guess I could just take up ping pong?
     
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  7. 14OuncesStrung

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    Looks fine to me.
    If it works, just do it...
     
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  8. kingofstring

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    Looks very weird!!
     
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  9. dr325i

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    That is great, but obviously you have flaws in your footwork.
    I have not seen a single Pro changing his shoes due to toe holes during the match. I am sure they cover the court a "little" bit better than you.
    Correct it while you're young...
     
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  10. Maroon_Tenniskid

    Maroon_Tenniskid Semi-Pro

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    or go with the nike CB 3.3's, they have a lot of rubber and plastic right there.
     
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  11. zerojoshua

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    No doubt, I have many flaws, but I'm not sure court coverage is one of them. Most likely it's due to pivoting habits from basketball and because I have been playing tennis, obsessively for 2 years and 3 months.
    Perhaps the toe dragging habits will disappear, but until than I will perform experiments.

    Thanks for the response.
     
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  12. USERNAME

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    ^^^ I still think it looks weird (bball will look wayy better) but I know where your coming from. Toe dragging is a bad habit since it burns through shoes and can cause the odd misstep now and then, but I do it and wont stop doing it cause it feels wrong now.
     
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  13. purple-n-gold

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    I actually found a way to make shoe goo last a little longer but don't know if it will help you out...

    I got some molding putty and circled the worn down area on the shoe. Then filled in the circle, let it dry and removed the putty barrier. Then I molded the outer part of the stobby patch I created with more shoe goo using putty blade to smooth around.
     
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