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Old 05-05-07, 10:18 AM   #1
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If I could strangle Nike I would!

Ok this is not really bike related but it is Nike related. I have Nike Superfly G5 track spikes that I got about 3 months ago. I have been working with them in practice and used them only about 5 times in meets. Now they have a zipper that holds the laces from flopping around, which I really like. Last night the zipper popped off so I took them to a shoe repair shop this morning. What dose the guy say? ďOh, you fell for the zipper too?Ē What? The zippers on all Nikes bust quit frequently. The shoe shop has a shelf of zippers just for Nike.

He then explains that zippers on shoes just canít take the pressures of running. But Nikeís especially break all the time. To repair the zipper is $30 a shoe and both need to be replaced and then will break again. ERRRR!!!! All of Nikes high dollar shoes are zipper equipped. Why donít they do something about it if this such a big problem?

Has anyone had a problem with Nikes? I am sending Nike a nasty-gram to see if they will do anything for me and all the other people with the same problem. What can I expect form them, if anything? I think/hope that such a big company like them will correct this but I donít know.

you can see the zipper on these models. Mine is the red and white one. They run from $110-120.


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Old 05-05-07, 10:27 AM   #2
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And this has what to do with biking?????
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Old 05-05-07, 10:38 AM   #3
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And this has what to do with biking?????
that's why it's in foo.


it's not just a nike thing. there's a reason shoes are made with laces & velcro. when they are stressed when you step (especially in the extremes of running) they can stretch just enough to not bust. zippers do not stretch at all. i only ran with nike spikes when i was competetive & loved them, but stayed away from the zippers. heck, i'll only run in nike shoes (although i do have a pair of asics & when they're dead i'm getting another pair of nikes). i've only had good experiences with them & they fit my (narrow) feet great. sure, you'll see the pros/world class runners compete in them, but they get a new pair whenever they want. you can't. if you want to keep the laces from bouncing around get a little girl's hair clamp. we used to get them from the girls cc team & attach the bows of the laces to the fixed laces with them.
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Old 05-05-07, 10:58 AM   #4
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Anyone wearing those gold shoes deserve what they get.

Have to agree, zippers in the location their situated are just not going to be able to handle the repetative motion / stress.
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Old 05-05-07, 11:00 AM   #5
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I had nike running shoes that just kinda fell apart. No more Nikes for me. Adidas must have better sweatshop workers, because their shoes stay together and feel great.
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Old 05-05-07, 11:43 AM   #7
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i got free trainers and they have velcro to hold down the laces. that is all.
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Old 05-05-07, 11:56 AM   #8
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To be blunt and succinct: Nike sucks.

I've given their running shoes a couple of tries. Nothing but sneakers that wear out quickly and offer my feet virtually no support. Had a pair of Nike bike shoes and wasn't happy with them, either. I'll never buy another pair of Nikes again. And by association, pretty much anything with the swoosh on it.
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i've only had the opposite with nike. i find their shoes fit me better than anyother brand & i still have a pair of jordans from 1997 (among others) that are holding strong. i've never had a pair of nikes wear out earlier than expected & plenty that have lasted way longer than believed.
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Old 05-05-07, 12:16 PM   #10
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I agree with Skiahh. Nike's are ****. Chinese made ****.
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Old 05-05-07, 12:20 PM   #11
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I hate Nike. I hadn't bought a pair of Nikes, or anything associated with them in 15 years. Then I heard tons of good things about the Free, and after trying them I now run in Nikes. I still hate Nike, but I have to admit they got it right with the Free.
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I'm showing my age here, but I remember when Nike made good shoes. There was a distinct point in time when Nike made the transition to a high fashion, poor quality clothing brand. I can't remember the exact year.

They're all about fashion, image, and advertising now. Not really about sports anymore. I'm sure they make more money this way, but I miss the good shoes.

Edit: I'm not a total brand bigot. I do like their compression shorts.
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Old 05-05-07, 12:52 PM   #13
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Maybe they're one time use shoes?
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A few years back I worked in an outdoor gear store that sold shoes for walking, running and hiking. I took care of sending defective stuff (that the customers had returned) back to the manufacturers. I sent back more Nike stuff than any other stuff. It all just fell apart.

From working there I learned that New Balance shoes hold up really well, even the lower end shoes. My bf and I both wear New Balance 475 trail running shoes and they hold up great. I have done a lot of hiking in mine.
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What event do you run? I personally love most Nike spikes, I'm a big fan of the Milers although the plate is a little aggressive. I ran the 8 in them last night with 3/8 spikes on an all weather track (oops dont DQ me) and it was real nice. When it comes to trainers, its all Asics, Mizunos, and Brooks.
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I bought a pair of Nike foorie boots a few years ago and paid a pretty penny for them only to have the sole tear away from the shoe the third time I had used them. Being my first pair of Nikes ever after a life of Adidas use I wrote them a proper angry letter and they reimbursed me the cost of the boots. The unfortunate part was the reimbursement was in the form of a Nike gift cert. I would be very terse but polite in the letter and you may get a free pair of trainers out of it.

And I have never bought Nike again. Gave the gift cert to a friend as a gift.
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I run kennedy XC spikes for XC they work fine, but no zippers though
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Well talking to Nike is going better then I thought. They have to get back to me still but so far they are very helpful. I first had to talk to some non-english speaking person to get to the technical department. They have a 2 year return policy so after the year is done Iím returning them. Now looking at Nike.com they have taken off the superfly and monsterfly models. This must be because of the zipper problems. The Tec man on the phone said that all the models in the future will have no zippers, so thatís good! I have to tape the shoes to my feet now but I can deal with it.

Oh and I run the 100m, 200m, and 400m. I do a lot of relays too.
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What event do you run? I personally love most Nike spikes, I'm a big fan of the Milers although the plate is a little aggressive. I ran the 8 in them last night with 3/8 spikes on an all weather track (oops dont DQ me) and it was real nice. When it comes to trainers, its all Asics, Mizunos, and Brooks.
Concrete to? Wow that would be hard. I think Im going with puma next year. I have tried every thing else!
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Ok this is not really bike related but it is Nike related. I have Nike Superfly G5 track spikes that I got about 3 months ago. I have been working with them in practice and used them only about 5 times in meets. Now they have a zipper that holds the laces from flopping around, which I really like. Last night the zipper popped off so I took them to a shoe repair shop this morning. What dose the guy say? ďOh, you fell for the zipper too?Ē What? The zippers on all Nikes bust quit frequently. The shoe shop has a shelf of zippers just for Nike.

He then explains that zippers on shoes just canít take the pressures of running. But Nikeís especially break all the time. To repair the zipper is $30 a shoe and both need to be replaced and then will break again. ERRRR!!!! All of Nikes high dollar shoes are zipper equipped. Why donít they do something about it if this such a big problem?

Has anyone had a problem with Nikes? I am sending Nike a nasty-gram to see if they will do anything for me and all the other people with the same problem. What can I expect form them, if anything? I think/hope that such a big company like them will correct this but I donít know.

you can see the zipper on these models. Mine is the red and white one. They run from $110-120.


Um Adidas is better, i think spelled that wrong but you get the point.
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guess who just shelled out for some mizunos about an hour ago... lol.
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mizunos are nice if you play softball and if pumpkins your style then I would get addidas too
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Mr. Gear Jammer are you a tropical pole vaulter?
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tell me about it. i was thinking "what am i doing? mizunos are for golf & softball!" oh well. they fit GREAT & that's hard to do with my extremely slim feet.
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That is a big problem for me too. Its hard to get shoes that work with my feet. I have to say all my running shoes are Nikes. I would never trade in my 3.0 Frees for anything!!
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