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How long should good quality road shoes last?

Old 07-19-06, 04:39 AM
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How long should good quality road shoes last?

I have a pair of silver Shimano carbon sole road shoes. Have used them over 6 months now and just replaced the cleats which were getting worn. The carbon soles are now heavily scratched and chipped and I'm starting to wonder when they might need changed.

Ideally I'd like to get another years use out of them. Is this realistic for a performance road shoe? On average how long do your pairs last you?
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at the very least 2 years.

the carbon soles are now heavily scratched and chipped and I'm starting to wonder when they might need changed
how much walking are you doing in them, and on what?
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I am on season #2 of my Shimano carbon soled shoes - yeah, they soles are scratched up a little from a little walking, but I don't really see how they would wear out.
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Originally Posted by maximum01
I have a pair of silver Shimano carbon sole road shoes. Have used them over 6 months now and just replaced the cleats which were getting worn. The carbon soles are now heavily scratched and chipped and I'm starting to wonder when they might need changed.

Ideally I'd like to get another years use out of them. Is this realistic for a performance road shoe? On average how long do your pairs last you?

I've had my Sidi's for 4 years, no sign of them wearing out yet at around 50,000km...just a tip, don't go dancing in them, they'll last longer
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Old 07-19-06, 07:23 AM
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My Sidi's were 9 years old. I just moved to a carbon Specialized shoe. I only switched because either my feet have grown or my old Sidis shrank, not sure which.
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My Sidi's are 4 years old and no sign of wear on the shoes. I go through cleats yearly.
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My Diadoras are over 10 years old. I've replaced the cleats about 5 times.
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I get 1.5 seasons out of a pair of Specialized Road Pro Carbon shoes. The soles are still good but I stretch out the uppers by then. It is normal for the soles to look all chewed up, and that doesn't matter. If you can get the shoes tight on your feet, they're still good. I ride like 150 miles/week and race 30 times/year.

I'm experimenting soon with using the old slightly stretched out shoes for commuting and saving the good ones for racing/long rides, and using the old ones in the rain. Hopefully that will make the useful life of the good ones longer.
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it's reasuring to hear how long people's shoes have lasted. at £130 a pair i'd like to get at least a few years out of my carbon shimanos.

i try not to walk much in them but it's impossible to avoid when going for call of nature breaks or whatever. must admit i'm surprised at the level of scratching and chipping on the soles (although they are carbon). presumably a few scratches won't shorten the life of the shoe?
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Originally Posted by maximum01
presumably a few scratches won't shorten the life of the shoe?
nope
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i usually dont "CHIME" in, but my Sidis are awesome too. 4 years and no slowing down.
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Originally Posted by maximum01
(I) must admit i'm surprised at the level of scratching and chipping on the soles (although they are carbon).
I use a dab of Shoe Goo on the heel and toe of my road shoes. It works very well at protecting the carbon sole. I reapply about once a year.
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10yrs on a old pair of Shimano shoes ... but they were totally wore out! I have 2yrs on a pair of Specialized Pro Comp Carbons and love them!
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10 years on my Carnac Lemonds. They're a little long in the tooth. But since i just got a pair of Carnac Elipses last summer, they are my back-up crappy weather shoes. Funny thing is, i seem to be wearing them alot!
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My carbon-solved Specialized shoes are now 14 months old. They still look and feel new after thousands of miles. My last pair of shoes were Diadora (plastic soled) Ergo shoes which lasted 5-6 years.
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My SIDI Genius road shoes are 8 years old and after many thousands of miles I wonder if I'll ever wear them out. I'm on my second set of cleats, switched from SPD to Speedplay X1.

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Your shoes will be pretty wet when you are done riding. Make sure you air them out good overnight so they aren't wet the next day. If they are they will stretch more and that is not good.
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Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
10 years on my Carnac Lemonds. They're a little long in the tooth. But since i just got a pair of Carnac Elipses last summer, they are my back-up crappy weather shoes. Funny thing is, i seem to be wearing them alot!
funny. i also wore my lemonds for a tad over 10 years. finally retired them 2 year ago.
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replies with answers termed in years mean nothing, is that 10 years at 2,000 miles a year or 10 years at 15,000 miles a year?
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I had a pair of Carnac (I think they were the "Legend") for about for years and then sold them for a few bucks. They were in great shape. Didn't have carbon soles though.
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Originally Posted by pedex
replies with answers termed in years mean nothing, is that 10 years at 2,000 miles a year or 10 years at 15,000 miles a year?

1990 Shimano Road Shoes (look cleats) with 3ea Velcro straps:

1990 - 2000 miles
1991 - 2700 miles
1992 - 3000 miles
1993 - 3000 miles
1994 - 3000 miles
1995 - 3000 miles
1996 - 0
1997 - 0
1998 - 0
1999 - 2000 miles
2000 - 2000 miles

Total miles: 20,700 miles (shoes were TOTALLY wore out !!)

2005 Specialized Pro Carbon

2005 - 3,550 miles
2006 - 1250 miles so far ...
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If you run and cycle on a regular basis, you'll probably go through running shoes a lot faster than cycling shoes, and that's how I justify purchasing cycling shoes that are a lot more expensive than my running shoes. Despite all the Nike propanda, running shoe midsoles become flat pretty quickly so I have to purchase multiple running shoes in a year (Nike Hayward my current fave). A well-made cycling shoe treated with respect (if your shoes get wet, just don't throw them in the corner, and don't leave them out in the sun), lasts me a few years.
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Originally Posted by SBSpartan
Your shoes will be pretty wet when you are done riding. Make sure you air them out good overnight so they aren't wet the next day. If they are they will stretch more and that is not good.
how do u figure that? i live in the moray-shire and inverness area which has some of the lowest rainfall in Scotland due to the influence of the moray firth. if i lived near glasgow or central belt you may have a point.....wet miserable place.
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Originally Posted by maximum01
if i lived near glasgow or central belt you may have a point.....wet miserable place.
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Last pair of Diadoras, 10 years plus. Rocket7's, look like crap after 1 1/2 seasons.
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