The Shoe Review #4

Wear at end of month three: 347 miles

I can admit when I am wrong. And in all fairness, I was wrong. On my last shoe review, I predicted that my sneakers would not last another month. The only article I could find estimated the length of a sneaker’s life was between 300 -500 miles and I lamented that my sneakers would not last to reach 300 miles. I was wrong.

A quick recap, for those who missed earlier reviews. Noticing that my increase in exercise was causing my shoes to wear out (kind of an obvious outcome honestly), I was curious to see just how long my shoes were lasting. Also I actually walked a hole in the bottom of my last pair and ended up with a bad raw spot on my toe so I figured monitoring the shoes and their life span might not be a bad thing in general.

So the shoes I bought were the New Balance classic 574s and I have been wearing them ever since. The first month they spent on my feet I took them 118 miles. This was predominantly over an asphalt paved walking trail near my house. At the end of this time some of the treads were wearing down a little ,but they obviously still had a lot of life in them.

Month two of wearing these shoes added 115 more miles onto the wear and to my dismay, I noticed that where the balls of my feet pressed into the shoe, the black rubberized sole was beginning to show spots of the white undersole. I realized I didn’t know how long sneakers were designated to last (and two months of wear seemed really short) so I went looking and after wading through scads of information about wearing the right sneakers for you (ie. running vs. walking and so on) I finally found an article that plainly stated sneakers should last between 300-500 miles.

While I was determined to wear the shoes to the end of their useful life, I did not think that they would make it another entire month. I thought my final post would be this month, a review in memoriam if you will. As my sneakers saw 233 miles worth of use at that point I was ready for a gone too soon style review. I was prepared. Black veil and mourners at the ready. Okay, it was more black eyeliner and a beagle next door who wails when the UPS van drives by each afternoon, but still I was prepared to relinquish the shoes into the great beyond. And professional mourners are both expensive and prone to be insulted at mourning a pair of sneakers.

But no, lo and behold the mourners were not needed (although the beagle wail is a daily inevitability).

We have reached the end of three months of active use. I have added 114 more miles to the sneakers and my feet are still fine. There is more white showing, but there is no discomfort and no blisters of any sort in evidence on my feet. I will say though that as the temperatures are still soaring in defiance of the calendar, most of this month’s walking has been done on a treadmill rather than on the walking trail.

I’m not sure if the rubberized human hamster track is kinder to sneakers than asphalt or not, but I do know that I will be using them on the treadmill rather than on the walking trail for the remainder of their lives. I am still committed to wearing them until they can not be worn without injury (aka blisters) but as my last pair failed catastrophically when I was on the walking trail at the furthest point from my house and the damage occurred because I had to then walk home, finishing them out where I can just stop immediately is my plan. So treadmill only from here on out.

Currently I am sitting on three full months of use and 347 miles worth of walking in my New Balance sneakers. I don’t think I’ll get another full month out of them, but as you can plainly see, I’ve been wrong before. These shoes may just have one more surprise left in them before the final breakdown. Or they could be unwearable tomorrow. Stay tuned for either one more month, or the final review and ending evaluation.

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