Some players look for the shoe bargain; while others have a lifelong commitment to one tennis shoe brand/style. But a reader asks how many pairs should you have at one time and how do you “manage” them?
A Reader Asks …
After the post and comments about “Racquet Management,” this request came in:
“Please ask your readers how often they change their sneakers? I recognize that the surface and frequency of play greatly impact this issue, but is there an accepted standard for how long tennis shoes tend to last? I would love to hear comments from your readers on this! Many thanks and keep up the great work. Best regards, Tim Norbeck”
I am one of those players “locked in” on a brand and model … and have played for 30 (?) or more years with New Balance (now) model 806. Having a wide foot, I need their 2E size.
Playing six days a week in the Florida heat, I usually come off the court dripping down to my toes; so my shoes need time to dry out (inside in the air conditioned house). With that as a backdrop, I buy three pairs of shoes at a time and rotate daily through them.
And with that and playing exclusively on HarTru (except for one week in October at Newk’s camp), those three pair tend to last about one year. For me, the soles never wear out; the leather tends to separate from the sole of the shoe (usually on the front right side).
How about YOU … Brand? Style? Numbers of pairs? Lasting how long?
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