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Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...(13 posts)

Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...jtferraro
May 21, 2003 11:01 AM
I'm now using a pair of Nike Hautacam road shoes and am happy w/them, for the most part. I also have a pair of brand new Shimano R-214 shoes, that I received mail order, that I'm considering. The Nike's are lighter and have better airflow, but only b/c they don't seem to have as much leather and other reinforcing materials around the shoe. For that reason, I'm curious if the Nike's will hold up as long as the Shimano's? I guess a lighter shoe always has it's advantage, but the fact that the Nike's have more airflow could pose a problem once fall is here (cold feet/toes). Does it simply come down to tradeoffs, and what's most important to you? Anybody w/a long term report re: durability for Nike & Shimano shoes? I have Shimano mtb shoes and they have lasted for YEARS, although they are close to the end. :(


re: Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...purplepaul
May 21, 2003 11:13 AM
I have a pair of Poggio II that are too new to comment on. I've had two pairs of Shimano MTB shoes. The first is still structurally fine after many years, but some of the outer material was getting pretty ratty (torn). The second pair is only 10 months old and looks brand new.
re: Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...JS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2003 11:26 AM
I wore through a pair of Nike Gabuche Due road shoes in less than a year. they were an internet steal, on close-out for less than $20. in hindsight they fit awfully (but better than anything i'd worn before).

conversely, i've been wearing a pair of sidi genius 4s for about a year, and they look brand new and are mucho comfy. i had a pair of shimano road shoes (can't remember the model, but only wore them once) that i got rid of upon wearing the genius 4s.

as far as fall riding, wool socks and windcovers/overbooties are a good solution for me. that graduates to chemical warmers as the days get colder. this year i may finally give in and buy a pair of Lake winter mtb shoes.

when shopping for a new pair (the sidis won out), i tried nike, shimano, specialized, northwave, and others. my impression of the nikes was that they were poorly made and with cheaper material in comparison to the others. that's IMHO, of course. YMMV.

I've got a pair of R-210's that are over 6 years oldMR_GRUMPY
May 21, 2003 11:27 AM
They look a little ratty but they must have over 35,000 miles on them. I also have a pair of R-211 that I only use for racing in good weather.
R120's...6yrs old W/13,000 miles...velcro worn, but still good.nmroadmeister
May 21, 2003 5:49 PM
re: Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...twin
May 21, 2003 11:56 AM
I had some Nike Poggios that I returned because the leather around the toe was coming off. They were light and comfortable and the problem started within a week of having them. They did replace them however and I sold them because I was a little worryed about durability.
I think they get more flexy over time?shamelessgearwhore
May 21, 2003 1:01 PM
I just got my first new pair of Specialized MTB/Road shoes in six years. After wearing the new ones, I wear the 6 year old Shimanos and it seems like they have probably lost a lot of their stiffness over the years. Its one of those things that's hard to tell until you wear new shoes. I don't know about this for "true" road shoes though.
Shoes with nylon soles always get flexy with age.MR_GRUMPY
May 21, 2003 1:16 PM
Carbon soles don't.
I got nike shoes with carbon soles.the bull
May 21, 2003 4:01 PM
They are great had them for two years so far.Insoles are trashed but they are still good.I would buy another pair!
They fiy me better than any other shoe I have ever used!
re: Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...PhatMatt
May 21, 2003 4:14 PM
I have had teh r125 since last year and I love them. they still look brand new.

May 21, 2003 6:39 PM
Hey Bud,
I have 12K miles on my Hautacoms. This winter I rode them in 17' weather for 90 minutes. Coldest day ever on a bike. Kari got me a pair of TOP of the line shor covers made of neoprene that kept my feet warm as can be the whole time. They keep the water out too. Dont be afraid by the way when the carbon sole of your shoes gets a little beat up. Its normal, it pissed me off at first but there is no way to avoid it when you are changing tires on a dirty road or walkig to a store to get food/drink. The shimanos are nice shoes but I wear my shoe covers from late Nov. to May here. Unless its over 60 I wear shoe covers. A good pair you wont even notice you have them on and you can wear bike socks so your feet dont swet. I'll find out what kind they are I lent them to my team mate for two weeks...
Thanks for the sharing, Carbon110...and everybody else. (nm)jtferraro
May 22, 2003 9:40 AM
re: Nike shoes long term durability question...(vs.) Shimano...Broomwagon
May 21, 2003 6:37 PM
I recently purchased a pair of R-214s and just love the fit. They are wider than most shoes, which I like. While I've never worn Nike road shoes, I did compare them at a shop and just felt that the Shimano shoe to be better made and would last longer. The craftsmanship, details and materials, I felt were better than the Nike shoes.

Just my opinion, though.