Fastest way to wear down shoes?

Milano

Rookie
Hey, I have a pair of barricade IV's and the 6-month time limit on the guarantee ends in two weeks. I need a little more to go, but can't play that much tennis...(hurt my ankle). Any way to wear them down fast? Lol, only because I know that if I dont send them in now they will be useless in a month...


Thanks!
 
I haven't done it, but my friend told me to wear down his he rode down a hill on a bike wearing his barricades, but keeping his feet on the ground, which probably caused mega friction between his shoes and the ground
 

COME ON!

Rookie
Well, I'll share my stupidity with you guys. I drove my car at about 20-25 MPH and put my foot down. It did wear down the shoe, but I wouldn't suggest it.
CLASSIC

the two thinks that come to mind are using very rough industrial sand paper or even an electric sander and just putting your hands in the shoes and rub them back and forth on rough concrete
 

volusiano

Hall of Fame
Doesn't the manufacturer question abnormal wear patterns that looks to be caused by abused as opposed to natural wear and tear?

I'm also curious, do you guys have to turn in both shoes? Or just the one with the most damage?
 

fluffy Beaver

Professional
walk for 5 hours without lifting your feet off the ground. just skid around for like 15 miles.
I laughed so hard reading this as it's easy to picture someone doing this and imagining others around thinking WTF. But I must say, this would probably give the most accurate shoe rub down.

Do this one and video tape it!
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Doesn't the manufacturer question abnormal wear patterns that looks to be caused by abused as opposed to natural wear and tear?
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I'm sure the manufacturers inspect the shoes and have seen every trick in the book by now. I think it's pretty easy to tell if the wear was from playing tennis or if it was from using sandpaper or burning it with a match or sticking your foot out of a moving car. Hmmm.....risking crippling yourself for the rest of your life for a pair of free shoes. Probably not a very smart move.
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
You guys are being dishonest.

If you wore the shoes for six months and didn't wear out the soles, then the shoes were really good and you got your money's worth. Deliberately damaging the shoes to claim a warranty replacement that you don't deserve is theft. Do you guys also crash your automobiles to collect insurance money? And you blithely discuss it here like it's perfectly acceptable behavior. Don't you people have any conscience?
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
If you can't play now, I would suggest you just keep your pair. From what I remember reading on the forum, they have a capable lab to analyse cause of wear, and you'll wind up with no wearable shoes at all if lab analysis casts any doubt as to the cause.
 
You guys are being dishonest.

If you wore the shoes for six months and didn't wear out the soles, then the shoes were really good and you got your money's worth. Deliberately damaging the shoes to claim a warranty replacement that you don't deserve is theft. Do you guys also crash your automobiles to collect insurance money? And you blithely discuss it here like it's perfectly acceptable behavior. Don't you people have any conscience?
The shoes are not cheap....I wouldn't feel like I'm getting my money's worth for only 1 pair.
 
find a tennis court with rough surfacing, ride a bike and stop with your shoes. they cant tell a difference between the 2 because you are technicallyy using a tennis court to run down the shoe. if the wear is abnormal, try playing for about 1-2 hourrs while dragging your feet so it wont look completely obvious that you intentionally wanted to destroy them. haha
 

fantom

Hall of Fame
The shoes are not cheap....I wouldn't feel like I'm getting my money's worth for only 1 pair.

Play more tennis, wear your shoes out within 6 months, and you'll get your money's worth. Because of people like you, shoe companies will probably stop offering the 6 month guarantee. Way to go, champ!
 

Spatula

Semi-Pro
Stop being so damn cheap! If your getting 6 months or more wear from your shoes, then you got your monies worth. Ante up and BUY a new pair.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
He can't even play now because of injury, he's just being greedy and trying to stock up for the future...
 
Play more tennis, wear your shoes out within 6 months, and you'll get your money's worth. Because of people like you, shoe companies will probably stop offering the 6 month guarantee. Way to go, champ!
I never said I even used any of these techniques to wear down shoes. I've gone through 2 pairs of Barricades within 3 months each pair. I'm just saying that there's nothing wrong with purposely wearing down your shoes to get new ones. It's not stealing, it's called taking advantage of an opportunity.
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
there's nothing wrong with purposely wearing down your shoes to get new ones. It's not stealing, it's called taking advantage of an opportunity.
I beg to differ. The manufacturer guarantees the shoes for six months of playing tennis. Using any other means to artificially wear out the shoe earlier and passing it off as normal wear is fraud, and yes, it is stealing if you get a free pair from the manufacturer under false pretenses. You call that an opportunity? I suppose robbing a bank is taking advantage of an opportunity, too.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
yes we find the OP guilty, your honour, and sentence him to seizure of existing shoes... please tell us the shoe size, so we can determine which one of us jury gets to have it mailed to us...?
 

fantom

Hall of Fame
I never said I even used any of these techniques to wear down shoes. I've gone through 2 pairs of Barricades within 3 months each pair. I'm just saying that there's nothing wrong with purposely wearing down your shoes to get new ones. It's not stealing, it's called taking advantage of an opportunity.
You're right. I see the light. There is nothing wrong with it.

Rather than the shoe companies stopping 6 mont guarantees they'll probably just start including 4 shoes in a box rather than 2. They may as well save you the time of getting out a belt sander and stripping the soles off.
 
I beg to differ. The manufacturer guarantees the shoes for six months of playing tennis. Using any other means to artificially wear out the shoe earlier and passing it off as normal wear is fraud, and yes, it is stealing if you get a free pair from the manufacturer under false pretenses. You call that an opportunity? I suppose robbing a bank is taking advantage of an opportunity, too.
Robbing a bank is different. No matter how you look at it, it's illegal. But really, there's no point in arguing this, really. Doing the thing with the shoes is unethical, but not illegal. You can't really get mad at someone for just wanting another pair of shoes
 
You're right. I see the light. There is nothing wrong with it.

Rather than the shoe companies stopping 6 mont guarantees they'll probably just start including 4 shoes in a box rather than 2. They may as well save you the time of getting out a belt sander and stripping the soles off.
And like I said, I've never actually tried to wear the shoes down with a belt sander, etc..I just said that I don't mind and I understand that people want to wear down their shoes to get another pair.
 

AR15

Professional
I never said I even used any of these techniques to wear down shoes. I've gone through 2 pairs of Barricades within 3 months each pair. I'm just saying that there's nothing wrong with purposely wearing down your shoes to get new ones. It's not stealing, it's called taking advantage of an opportunity.
It's called a lack of personal integrity, and lack of honesty. Look it up in the dictionary since your daddy didn't teach it to you.
 
It's called a lack of personal integrity, and lack of honesty. Look it up in the dictionary since your daddy didn't teach it to you.
First of all, you don't know me or my father, so get out of here with that BS. What you call "lack of personal integrity and lack of honesty" are things people aren't even considering, they just want some shoes.

And about the shoes issue, any decent pair of tennis shoes is $50 at least..
 

AR15

Professional
First of all, you don't know me or my father, so get out of here with that BS. What you call "lack of personal integrity and lack of honesty" are things people aren't even considering, they just want some shoes.

And about the shoes issue, any decent pair of tennis shoes is $50 at least..
Yes, the 'father" remark was a little off base, but you must admit that considering such things as discussed here lacks any sense of ethics.

And, since you know you can get a decent pair of shoes for around $50, why don't you buy then instead of the $120 shoes.

Me personally, I have a pair of Barricade IV's that I think are OK shoes - too heavy, toe box is too narrow, and the tongue digs into the top of my foot. On the plus side, they are one of the more durable shoes I've worn, and they have good ankle support.

However, I have two pairs of shoes that I like even better that I got on sale at TW for $69 or less: Wilson Open and New Balance 1002

The pricing of shoes is nothing but marketing. Shoe companies price some shoes high to give them a perceived quality, but they cost little to nothing more to make than their cheaper priced models.



Being considered by others as a person of high integrity is something that is very hard to accomplish, but being considered as someone lacking integrity only takes a second.
 
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Nuke

Hall of Fame
The pricing of shoes is nothing but marketing. Shoe companies price some shoes high to give them a perceived quality, but they cost little to nothing more to make than their cheaper priced models.
Yeah, probably true. But the price of the high end shoes is also jacked up for everybody if the manufacturer has to send out lots of warranty replacements. I'm OK with that for folks who play a lot and legitimately wear them out on the tennis court, but not for the guys that break out the belt sander.
 

AR15

Professional
Yeah, probably true. But the price of the high end shoes is also jacked up for everybody if the manufacturer has to send out lots of warranty replacements. I'm OK with that for folks who play a lot and legitimately wear them out on the tennis court, but not for the guys that break out the belt sander.
We all pay for cheaters: shoplifters, tax evaders, litterbugs, insurance scammers etc.
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
But those people don't generally brag about their indiscretions on places like this. Theft, even petty ones, are usually something you'd expect people to keep secret. That's why I find it odd being discussed here like it's standard operating procedure.
 

AR15

Professional
But those people don't generally brag about their indiscretions on places like this. Theft, even petty ones, are usually something you'd expect people to keep secret. That's why I find it odd being discussed here like it's standard operating procedure.
The more we, as a society, allow such things to go unchallenged, the more normal they are perceived.
 
Yes, the 'father" remark was a little off base, but you must admit that considering such things as discussed here lacks any sense of ethics.

And, since you know you can get a decent pair of shoes for around $50, why don't you buy then instead of the $120 shoes.

Me personally, I have a pair of Barricade IV's that I think are OK shoes - too heavy, toe box is too narrow, and the tongue digs into the top of my foot. On the plus side, they are one of the more durable shoes I've worn, and they have good ankle support.

However, I have two pairs of shoes that I like even better that I got on sale at TW for $69 or less: Wilson Open and New Balance 1002

The pricing of shoes is nothing but marketing. Shoe companies price some shoes high to give them a perceived quality, but they cost little to nothing more to make than their cheaper priced models.



Being considered by others as a person of high integrity is something that is very hard to accomplish, but being considered as someone lacking integrity only takes a second.
Well I agree, but some people just don't factor the "ethics" into this, because all they want is just another pair of shoes..and Barricade IV's are the best tennis shoe I've worn....I can't handle the V's, and all other discount tennis shoes just give my feet too much of a beating for me to wear.
 

sphinx780

Hall of Fame
If you are burning out a shoe that fast you may want to find a shoe that is more durable for your game. I got 3 months out of both sets of barricades I bought ( the said pair and warranty pair) but I get 9 months out of my diadora's at half the price. Just kinda made sense to me that if a shoe dies that quick, I find a different shoe, if it doesn't die that quick but money is a factor, I find something that lasts the same at a price I'm comfortable with. I don't buy a shoe to have it replaced, I buy it to wear it.

I don't agree with purposely wearing down a shoe...and with some of these ideas, you'll probably spend more than $60 on a doctor bill for the additional damage you do to your sore ankle.

I'm a business man and believe that fair play needs to exist on both sides...otherwise it drives costs higher for both the seller and buyer....last time I checked, no one prefers that scenario when given the outright choice.
 

babolat15

Hall of Fame
Well I agree, but some people just don't factor the "ethics" into this, because all they want is just another pair of shoes..and Barricade IV's are the best tennis shoe I've worn....I can't handle the V's, and all other discount tennis shoes just give my feet too much of a beating for me to wear.
find a way to take advantage of the opportunity, i would do the same thing
 

nadalfan!

Professional
Just leave the guy alone guys. He is just trying to save some money. I'm not saying it's right but maybe he wants to get a better deal, you know?
 
Just leave the guy alone guys. He is just trying to save some money. I'm not saying it's right but maybe he wants to get a better deal, you know?
Yeah...I didn't even know so many people would be upset with this. I mean I'm sure that purposely wearing down your shoes isn't the greatest ethics thing to do, but I seriously doubt people are factoring this in their minds while they're doing it
 

volusiano

Hall of Fame
Another way to go about this is to stock up on shoes when you see a good deal on them. OK, you won't be able to wear them all out in 6 month, but the lower prices make up for this.

I know finding good deals is hit and miss and not everyone can do this, but it's worth checking out outlet stores like Nike or Adidas or Norsdstrom if you're in the area.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Play more tennis, wear your shoes out within 6 months, and you'll get your money's worth. Because of people like you, shoe companies will probably stop offering the 6 month guarantee. Way to go, champ!
It's also the reason they keep increasing the prices of shoes - to pay for all the dishonest claims from people who intentionally find other ways to destroy their shoes just to send them in. The more that people do this, the higher they will increase the prices of the shoes. It's simple business economics. They have to pay for all these free pairs somehow so it's ultimately going to come out of all of the customers' pockets, both honest and dishonest ones. Let's see you guys try and get your money's worth when the price of a pair of Nike or Adidas shoes goes up to $200 a pair, even if you do get a free replacement pair.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
I never said I even used any of these techniques to wear down shoes. I've gone through 2 pairs of Barricades within 3 months each pair. I'm just saying that there's nothing wrong with purposely wearing down your shoes to get new ones. It's not stealing, it's called taking advantage of an opportunity.
And shoplifting when the store owner is not looking is also "taking advantage of an opportunity", right? :-?
 
It's also the reason they keep increasing the prices of shoes - to pay for all the dishonest claims from people who intentionally find other ways to destroy their shoes just to send them in. The more that people do this, the higher they will increase the prices of the shoes. It's simple business economics. They have to pay for all these free pairs somehow so it's ultimately going to come out of all of the customers' pockets, both honest and dishonest ones. Let's see you guys try and get your money's worth when the price of a pair of Nike or Adidas shoes goes up to $200 a pair, even if you do get a free replacement pair.
Heck then, I'd rather them just take down the price then and eliminate the warranty. Good tennis shoes are just too expensive
 
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