Boys and Shoes….Are shoes not as good as they used to be?
Two months ago, I took both of my boys shopping for new shoes. It has only been two months. I’m just not sure if the shoe companies are skimping on the materials they use to make shoes or my boys are just incredibly rough on the wear and tear of their shoes. I would almost wager you that it is a combination of both. My youngest has always been tough on shoes.
I have never seen a boy do what this boy can to a pair of sneakers. As is the tendency when learning new things, shoes are the breaks for skateboards, bicycles, scooters, and of course the all around just plain old kicking things in the yard.
For your viewing pleasure…..these are the feet of my 12 and 10 year old son’s shoes. These shoes are only two months old!!
The left feet belong to my 12 year old. The right feet belong to my 10 year old.
A close up if you will….my 12 year old son’s shoes…….
A close up of the 10 year old son’s shoes……
Did I mention that my 12 year old wears a men’s 9 1/2 shoe and my 10 year old wears a men’s 8 1/2? I am not growing small feet here…….
My husband was telling me that he read shoes designed for skateboarders were supposed to last longer and take harsher treatment. Well…..we will certainly see about that!! If you noticed it is the right shoe that shows the greatest abuse. That is the kickoff/pushing foot I am told. We found the Air Speed skate boarding shoes and are going to give them a try.
I don’t know what sort of testing shoe companies use to test for durability and wear and tear. I have two human machines that could probably put any machine they use to shame. If there are any shoe companies that would be interested in taking me up on this offer…we are available 24/7. We would even do it gratis if you can come up with a shoe that could outlast these two.
The new shoes…….ta da!!! The black shoes belong to the 12 year old. The camouflage belong to the 10 year old……….
We will revisit these feet periodically to show the progression of the shoes. Mark your calendar……will these shoes resemble the above pair in two months? Only time will tell.
I wonder what the average is for replacing boys shoes? I know my husband has to purchase new shoes every three months. He walks the tread off of his shoes. He actually wears holes in the soles due to the amount of walking he tries to get in everyday.
The boys decided they will duc tape the old shoes and wear them for boarding and save the new shoes for the gym……Yeah right!!!
I wonder if steel toed shoes would last longer?