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How Long Do They Last

So I guess I'm just question girl in this community.

How much wear are you getting out of your VFFs?

I ask because I seem to have mostly worn through the soles on one spot on my Sprints, that I've only had since January. Sure, I wear them a lot. And they seemed to be doing pretty well until I added daily running on cement onto the daily regime. (I walk pretty much everywhere. And do a lot of martial arts. I am hard on shoes...)

But I'm sad! And I won't be getting my Bikilas until the end of the month!

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weezin_nina
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've managed to wear through both pairs that I've gotten within a month of buying them. I <3 them to death, but sadly can't afford to buy a new pair each month. :(

I tried
tylik
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
It sounds like the Bikilas will have thicker soles - they might become my primary warm weather running shoe.
arrowintwolakes
Jun. 10th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I just really don't know how that happens. What are you doing in them? I've had mine for about a year, running on pavement every day and wearing them everywhere, and my brother has had his for over two years wearing his a little more (at the gym with intense workouts on top of wearing everywhere/running) and he's just starting to get to that point. What are you doing to destroy them like that?
weezin_nina
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
That's what baffles me! I'm not a runner, but more or less a heavy walker. (12K+ steps a day at the time) I think I have hot southern heat + concrete + flat feet to blame? :\ Sadness all around.
arrowintwolakes
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Southern heat sounds like it might be a good cause. Mine certainly felt a little softer after walking around Knoxville for a couple days last month.
tylik
Jun. 19th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I just got my Bikilas, and I'd really recommend checking them out - they've added a lot of smallish but much thicker pads - so the sole is still very flexible, but I suspect it will really be a lot tougher. Looks like fun.
katalopolis
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Do you do martial arts in your vffs? I haven't seen anyone else who does aside from me. Awesome.
I recently figured out that they were amazing for use in my sword class and I won't go back to regular shoes there ever again.
Now I need a new pair of vffs because I haven't worn mine much outside since discovering this because I don't want to track dirt and grit into the studio.
tylik
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I got them for martial arts first - one of my gongfu brothers had a pair, and after he'd kicked me with them, oh, 100 times or so, I was sold! And a lot of people in that group have picked them up - in fact, I think I first heard about them in some of the martial arts forums on LJ.

Shifu - my primary Chen master, in Seattle - hasn't seen them yet. Looking forward to the expression on her face...
katalopolis
Jun. 10th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I haven't done Eastern Martial arts in a long time, but I can see where they'd be useful. We don't do much kicking with a rapier but I love the way I can combine having a little bit of grip on the floor with maintaining the good feel for my positioning I get while barefoot.
katalopolis
Jun. 10th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
I just want to also add that I did some reading in your LJ (hope you don't mind) and those tabi boots you linked in the comments to the footwear post (here) are pretty much the best thing I've seen in shoes in a long time. Now I just have to work the finances and hopefully I'll be able to splurge on them soon.
tylik
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
If I don't want people reading it, I should filter it, post it private, or not post it at all ;-)

Yeah, they look pretty cool - even if I'm not quite sure I can handle that much cool! Part of me really wants to convince myself that they'd be just the thing to wear to conferences (kind of like dress boots).

Hmm. Someone else I know just mentioned they were taking up rapier. One of the Seattle people, I'm pretty sure. (Unless it was the Zen priest who originally pointed me at the tabi.)
madame_chuchita
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
This is making me wonder if they changed the manufacturing of them as they increased in popularity. I bought my first and only pair of sprints about three years ago and though each week I only do about one or two runs and 2-3 other training sessions (weights, fire training, shadow boxing, water sports, hiking), they have held up really well. If they have decreased in quality I will be very disappointed because I've been thinking about getting a second pair.
tylik
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Well, I do wear them and put a few miles on them every day, and I am generally pretty hard on shoes. I was surprised, though.

(And maybe I shouldn't be - shoes don't usually last much more than six months for me, even when I'm not running.)
abmann
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I bought my Sprints last year and haven't seen anything weak in them. Though maybe I got them right before the rush?
slangofoil
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
I have nearly 800 running miles on my Classics with hardly any wear showing. I don't really wear them other than for running.
tylik
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
What kind of surfaces are you running on?
slangofoil
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Sidewalks and roads mostly.

I also never really wear out normal shoes either. I guess I'm just a gentle walker and runner.
abmann
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Neat. Do you ever have trouble with them falling off? Do you run outside in the winter in them?
slangofoil
Jun. 10th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
The only time I've ever had one slip off my heel was when I was hiking through a bog and it got suctioned off. Never while walking or running.

I've run in low 30s with them and I think that's about my limit. It takes about a mile for my feet to warm up, and then they're fine. But it has to be dry. Any wetness will make my toes cold. This past winter I was using Teva Sling Kings when I just couldn't face the cold in the VFFs.
abmann
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I've put about 400 running miles on my Sprints and they're still in top shape. I run on concrete, asphalt mostly. I also wear them around ocasionally in the summer.

My KSOs, seeing similar mileage, aren't as great - fraying straps, ripped seam on a toe. They're my general use shoes now.
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