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Well, I retired my first pair of Starbury Cyclones yesterday. Looking back through my LJ, it appears that I picked them up in the beginning of October. So that's about three months of use. I've been wearing them almost every day, including the past two weeks of my walking routine. About a week ago, I noticed the outer heel on the shoes were really beginning to show signs of wear. A few days ago, the sole completely cracked. So the shoes held up OK for a while, then completely broke down. While they lasted, I was happy with the shoes.

I was really hoping that they would last longer than three months, though. Yes, they were cheap -- just $10/pair. But If I have to buy four pair a year, that's $40. And that's getting close to what you could pay for traditional sneakers, which would probably last for longer than a year. So the final verdict is that the shoes are OK, but don't seem to last long enough to be cost-effective in the long run. I've got a second pair of Cyclones that I started wearing today -- we'll see if they last longer than three months. When they wear out, I'll buy myself a pair of real shoes that will last longer.

In addition to the pair of Cyclones I still have, I've got a couple of pair of work boots and a pair of crossovers. I think I'll start wearing the crossovers more often and see how they fare. I'm still liking the boots -- I expect that I'll really give them their real test once it's time to start mowing the yard again. All in all, I think I'm happy with the Starburys I've got, but I don't plan on buying any more Cyclones. I may pick up another pair of the crossovers if I ever find them in tan. I'll probably be in good shape with the boots for a while. If they hold up well during the mowing season next spring, I may pick up another pair when the ones I have wear out.

In better news about shoes, I bought a pair of real running shoes after work today. I'm really excited about trying them out on tomorrow's walk. I'll write about them after I wear them a few times.


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Jan. 26th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Man. How/where on earth are those sneakers made that they are only $10/pair?
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
China, probably.

They're Starburys and are sold at Steve & Barry's. Long story short: a basketball player thought it was terrible that kids were fighting over really expensive shoes and put his name on a line of shoes and they're selling for $10/pair. I wrote a little more about them back when I first got 'em.
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
About running shoes: YES, they last more than a year, but most people (I hesitate to say experts...but maybe you can find this out there) recommend that you replace heavily used running shoes every 6-12 months, just cuz they DO wear out. Not to the falling apart extent, but the support WILL start to change. You'll probably notice this. Sooooo...in that case shoes can get more expensive. But I personally find happy knees, ankles, shins, quads and back are worth the $60 I spend a year on running shoes.

Just sayin... =)

Also, I signed up for a 5K in February. You've inspired me.
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. That's one of the reasons I haven't started running yet -- just walking so far. What I've read about the shoes is that it's time to trade them out after about 400 miles. I'm keeping a running log, so I can keep up with the miles without any problems.
Jan. 26th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Ok, sounds good. I'm just trying to watch out for the good doctor! =)
Jan. 26th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
I was told that the sweet spot for running a marathon is 100 miles. So when you get close to the date, try to plan your runs with that in mind.
Jun. 16th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
The shoes are good for children with growing feet. In 4-6 months the next size is required just when the shoe could potentially fail.
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