How long do you expect your walking shoes to last? A reader wrote a negative review for the New Balance 1063 because it showed wear after about 300 miles and five months of use. I also wore out a pair of New Balance 1063 in the same time period, but I'm not at all dissatisfied.
Athletic shoes are built to last 300-500 miles before losing their cushioning or having the sole wear out. Often you will feel the difference in the cushioning long before you see wear on the sole or tears in the upper. This means you must expect to replace your shoes every three to six months, depending on your mileage.
If you are a heavier person, you can expect greater wear on your shoes and a shorter shoe lifespan.
The 1063 is a lightweight training shoe, which generally means it will have a shorter lifespan for its cushioning. After I bought the first pair and determined it was going to work well for me, I bought three more pair to have handy. I rotate in a second pair of the shoes so I can feel the difference in cushioning and more easily detect that the main pair is going dead.
I didn't see any wear on the soles of my 1063s, but strangely enough the insole was worn through. I've never had that happen before. But I decided that was my cue to switch to the second pair after six months and turn the first pair into gardening or beach shoes or recycle them.
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