Two weeks ago

Best shoe with soles that last

Hi all,

Anyone have recommendations on a good bball shoe for a 15 yr old who keeps burning holes in his left shoe, more specifically, the part on the ball of his foot.

He has torn a hole in two pairs of Giannis, tore the sole off a pair of Tatums and a hole in GT cut 2s.

He has been told he has a "wicked pivot" but I'm more inclined to think they don’t make shoes to last?

If anyone has had a similar situation and found a pair of shoes that overcome this it would be greatly appreciated as my retirement fund is slowly dwindling on buying this kid new shoes every couple of months!


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Two weeks ago

Try taking them back and say that you expected they'd last an appropriate amount of time rather than wearing through so quickly or falling apart.

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Two weeks ago

Is he wearing them outdoors by any chance?

You could try a pair of Nikes in the EP version, these have XDR (extra durable rubber) outsoles and are designed for outdoors.

Even if using indoors you could try EP.

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Two weeks ago

@Isaac, we have taken the shoes back and the retailers have been more than helpful with refunds etc. I just find it surprising how he keeps putting a hole in the same spot after a month or two.

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Two weeks ago

A lot of modern sports shoes aren't built to last. But putting holes in soles (!) every month or so is a bit extreme.

As he is burning a hole in the same sport it is obvious that it is a significant pressure point.

The goal would be to relieve the pressure point. Not only would it reduce the wear on the sole of the shoe, it will reduce the chances of injuries to his foot going forward.

A couple of ways of doing this ... consider a customised orthotic insole to distribute the force of his foot movement over a larger area of the sole.
Customised orthotics can be expensive. As a starting point, try using a thicker cushioned generic insole and see if that helps.

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Two weeks ago

Try Nike shoes that have XDR soles. Don't get the shoes that have translucent soles.

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