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Shoes that last?
« on: May 29, 2008, 08:16:15 PM »
I was forced to upgrade to the latest pair of New Balance 650 series which was the 654s.  I like them as shoes but within 4-5 matches I had blown out the top on the right shoe at the toe.  I think that is ridiculous!  I usually blow through the tops about the same time I wear out the bottoms, usually every 2 months if I am just playing dubs.  1 month if I am playing singles. 

Anyone have any shoes that they swear by that seem to last for quite a while?  I love the way the NB shoes fit but there is no way I can continue to buy them if they are going to bust so easily.
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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 08:18:28 PM »
Hard to say since I play so infrequently. But the Wilson Trance shoes I got have been used 3 times and show very little wear.

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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 08:34:42 PM »
Here is what the shoes now look like after 8 times out.  They just keep looking worse and worse.  My last time out with them might have been their last.



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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 08:51:24 PM »
You drag the top of the outside of the toe.  ..-)
Why do you do that? I don't think any shoe made can survive that!
These are the Trance shoes. Pretty good toe top reinforcement, but probably not enough.


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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 09:27:51 PM »
I use running shoes. They last me longer. I bought new ones last week, haven't worn them yet, they look exactly the same as the ones you showed in your pictures, except I think they are Reebok not New Balance, I have been doing this Reebok / New Balance switch back and forth for the last 4 years.

And how do you lose the top of your toe? do you not tie your shoes tight enough and your toe just keeps hammering into the top?


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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008, 10:07:32 PM »
I use running shoes. They last me longer. I bought new ones last week, haven't worn them yet, they look exactly the same as the ones you showed in your pictures, except I think they are Reebok not New Balance, I have been doing this Reebok / New Balance switch back and forth for the last 4 years.

And how do you lose the top of your toe? do you not tie your shoes tight enough and your toe just keeps hammering into the top?

What you need to understand is that Scooter is, well, a scooter.
His footwork is as extreme as Nadal's forehand. He races after everything. He's an energizer bunny on the court. He slides into shots on hard courts. He drags his back toe when he hits a backhand (that's now the top of the shoe is worn down).
He's basically hell on shoes.

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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2008, 10:00:46 AM »
Yeah, I have always been rough on shoes.  If I stretch for a ball for whatever reason the foot on the opposite side of the stretch can go upside down and I stretch, and it will drag.
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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2008, 01:17:22 PM »
Let me explain to all of you how Scooter's shoes get worn like that.   When I hit my sweet low-to-the-net returns that always seem to land at the servers ankles (in this case, Scott), the server coming to the net to volley must get very low to retrieve my return.   I realize Scott is very low to the ground already but that is just how sweet my returns are!   :whistle:    Anyway, he drags his foot on the outside top when getting low for these volleys while moving forward.   It is some crazy stuff because I wear the hail out of some shoes and I may get some decent wear on the left front (serving) or maybe even the side a little but not like Scott's! 

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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2008, 04:53:05 PM »
I use running shoes. They last me longer. I bought new ones last week, haven't worn them yet, they look exactly the same as the ones you showed in your pictures, except I think they are Reebok not New Balance, I have been doing this Reebok / New Balance switch back and forth for the last 4 years.

And how do you lose the top of your toe? do you not tie your shoes tight enough and your toe just keeps hammering into the top?

Running shoes are not built well for tennis and me combined.  Back in college I would go to the courts and forget my shoes for tennis and get stuck wearing running shoes.  new or old, I would literally destroy the shoes in 1 outing.  They always needed thrown away when I was down.  Be it that completely blow out the sides or I tear apart the toe, they were ruined.  Expensive lesson!
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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2008, 05:05:05 PM »
I should add though that I prefer the feel of running shoes on the court over tennis shoes any day of the week!
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Re: Shoes that last?
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2008, 02:44:42 PM »
I have a sports authority near by that sells Nike City Court III.  They are not running shoes, but they are comfortable, and last quite a long time.  They have a regular and wide version depending on you foot.  Also they are cheap.