C. Ripps offers:
|> I walked into a shoe store less that a year ago and was suprised to hear
|> the salesman tell be the max usage out of any running shoe was 6
|> months! And then he went on to tell me that if you're a heavy runner (I
|> can only guess what he meant by that) that figure drops to four
|> months!!! His reasoning was that the millions of tiny bubbles that
|> permeate the cushioning break down as a function of TIME (not miles
|> although excess milage further shortens the lifespan of the shoe).
I love this logic. This is just like maintaining a car. The manual
say change your oil every 7,500 miles and the dealer tells you
every 3,000. Do you think there is a hidden agenda?
As for shoes, yes time is a factor but probably the LEAST important
factor. I guess the salesmen whould say that even if you left
them in the closest for six months, you would have to toss them out.
I like the other side of this argument. If I run 500 miles
per week as someone recently claimed(yes, I know BS),
I could get thousands of miles per pair. Interesting.
You weight, terrain, and mileage are the meaningful variables.
This is the usual BS you get from those chain stores.
|> I've priced the shoes on the market and I can't see anyone paying
|> $80-100 and up three times a year, that's ludicrous. I wear my shoes
Now careful, you speak with forked tongue. I wear between 4 and 6
pairs of shoes per year. I run about 2,500 a year and get about 500
per pair. I also run trails and trails tend to shorten the life
Sounds like you are thinking with your wallet and not your feet. :)
Wait for those fire sales and you will pay much less. Oh wait,
you can't, they will be more then six months old and must
go in the garbage. :)
|> for about a year before getting new ones. After 6 months or so, I put
|> some inserts in my shoes to counteract the breaking down of all those
|> tiny bubbles....
People do this right up until their first injury. The compression
factor of an insert and midsole ain't the same. Here is where
time will be a factor - squeeze that extra mileage via inserts
right up to the day you call the Vet for an appointment. On the other
hand you may be one of those biomechanically perfect people that can get
1,000 miles per pair.
Doug Freese All opinions are mine. IBM Tele: 8-293-8098