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Old 12-31-14, 07:09 PM
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Shoe Life

How long do your cycling shoes last before being considered "worn out?" I have cycled for only five years and just got my second and third pair of shoes within six months (Giro Trans and Giro SLX). My first pair, Diadora, are well used, but could keep going. What would be considered worn for a cycling shoes? Does the sole begin to flex too much, upper gets stiff, etc?
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Old 12-31-14, 07:23 PM
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I have one pair of shoes going on 7 years. This year I bought new pair and keep my old pair as backup.
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Old 12-31-14, 07:28 PM
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Worn? When it starts coming apart. I have a pair of leather Diadora lace ups I still wear from time to time going strong since the mid 90's.
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Old 12-31-14, 07:37 PM
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my specialized mtb shoes are going on 2 years and still very stiff and functional.
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My Sidi Megas are 10 years old, averaging around 4000 miles per year and are still in excellent condition...
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I have a pair of Nike road shoes. Carbon soles and uppers are still in very good shape. Purchased around 2001. I hate the thought of finding new shoes that fit as well. A good quality road shoe should last a long time.
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I ride carbon shoes, until the upper completely fall apart, they ride. I've got 2-3 years on this current set of DMT Radials (Speedplay).
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I used these Rivat shoes for over 30 years, but then they started making gruesome noises, so I retired them. I could probably get a few more miles out of them if I wanted:

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I used a pair of Sidis for 15 years until the plastic holding the main ratchet to the shoe cracked and fell off.
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I use the same shoes for mtb and touring (North Wave). They are 4 years old and the material on the inside is getting frayed and coming loose, so they need to be replaced. My Specialized road bike shoes died in less than two years. They are falling apart, but I have a new pair of North Waves that I need to put the cleats on.
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Originally Posted by kingfishr View Post
My Sidi Megas are 10 years old, averaging around 4000 miles per year and are still in excellent condition...
My Sidi Ergo II's are 10yrs old now with a little more mileage than yours and pretty worn inside the heel but they feel better than ever.
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I am still using a pair of Sidis that are around twenty years old but look new. I also have a pair of Northwave shoes that are probably around the same age and still in great shape.
I've gone through a lot of shoes...mainly didn't feel great on my feet...out they go one way or another, but if they fit and feel great I'll wear them for as long as they last.
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