Interesting article regarding footwear..

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Jul 2014
6:55pm, 29 Jul 2014
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1879 miles out of my Leadvilles. A bit disappointed not to get to 2000 :-p But they were completely worn through at the ball of my foot. :-)

Got a few miles to go to test Xero's 5000 mile warranty :-)
Jul 2014
7:28pm, 29 Jul 2014
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I replace them when the upper has too many holes to secure my foot, or when the sole has completely worn through.
Aug 2014
2:05pm, 7 Aug 2014
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Found this thread just after clicking OK on my order for a new pair of Brooks Ghost 6's, ha ha.

Quite pleased with the price I found - a few quid less than I paid for my current pair, even though they are the GTX version (with a Goretex lining) which normally retails for £20 more. Probably clearing remaining stock, as they have now brought out the Ghost 7.

Anyhow.... after reading this thread, I went to look at the soles on my current Ghosts, which have done 310 miles. There is significant wear on the mid foot, just about the ball of the foot. I deduce a few things: I am predominantly a mid foot striker, and I land more heavily on my left foot - the tread on that one is just about gone. So.... despite people talking about these fantastic mileages they are getting out of their shoes, I don't feel too bad about having ordered a new pair!

Another interesting thing - I've been rotating my Ghosts with a pair of New Balance 980's, which have a lower profile and much less rugged sole. They haven't done as many miles as my Ghosts, but not much different - but there is virtually no wear on the sole. I find that surprising, since they don't look or feel anything like as chunky.

ISTR that when I bought the NB's I was told they had a lower heel drop than traditional shoes - I've checked it out, and it's 4mm. I wanted to compare with the heel drop on the Ghosts, but I can't find that info anywhere - including on the Brooks site. Any suggestions for where I might find it?
Aug 2014
9:15pm, 9 Aug 2014
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K5 Gus is great for shoe stats.

To find the Ghost 6 had to go to their Liquidation ( ie Sale ) section, they quote it as a 11mm difference ( new Ghost 7 also 11mm )
Aug 2014
5:00pm, 12 Aug 2014
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It does very much have to be a case of 'what works for you', which doesn't make things easy with all the conflicting advice! I tend to find I get about 6 months or so from shoes, as I can be quite heavy on my feet. I go by looking at how worn the tread is, how compacted the cushioning looks (particularly in forefoot), and the comfort factor!
Aug 2014
5:01pm, 12 Aug 2014
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And my shins tend to have a strong opinion on when the cushioning is gone in my running shoes! :)

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