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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    Every runner i know hates it also.

    People buy multiple prs, in advance, because they wont be same later. Some kind of f'd up marketing by shoe companies for sure.

    Then have to try multiple prs again to find ones like when those gone.

    But to be real, all these companies do is give basic specs and colors to chinese mfgs. Pick out fabrics, midsole density, thickness, tread, and let the chinese bulk producer do rest.
    True dat. I just ordered three pairs of Cascadia 12s, on sale from REI. Saved $120. I've been wearing Cascadias since 2006. There were a couple of years when the quality deteriorated, but the 12s have been holding up okay for me.

    So if you see me on the AT next year wearing out of date shoes...
    If not NOW, then WHEN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    For newbies maybe

    If you've hiked a couple thousand miles, feet don't keep spreading. Buying multiple pr of any shoe you like is good advice, they wont be same next yr.
    This is true for some people here, but really, how many people on here have that many miles on their hiking resume?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeBill View Post
    This is true for some people here, but really, how many people on here have that many miles on their hiking resume?
    Quite a few. Thats not many miles for persons who have hiked for a few yrs. A couple hundred miles per year adds up after 5-10 yrs.

    And 1 long hike does the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    Quite a few. Thats not many miles for persons who have hiked for a few yrs. A couple hundred miles per year adds up after 5-10 yrs.

    And 1 long hike does the same
    What you say about a couple hundred miles per year for 5-10 years add up, but I my answer was directed at the OP original question. Not knowing about what to do with old shoes indicates to me that he/she doesn't hike that many miles.
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    Didn't break in any of my 5 pair that I wore (including the pair started with). And there was nothing that felt better than putting on a new pair of shoes.

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    I believe a lot has to do with how well your foot compares to "normal" or "average size". Obviously differing manufacturers have different ideas on foot shape/size so Salomon for example might favor narrow feet. My point is if you are a good match for someone's shoe breakin is not necessary, I've purchased several Merril and Salomon shoes, gone straight from box to a week on the trail with my feet 100% happy. On the other hand I've seen many thru hikers still fighting foot/shoe issues at the 1000 mile mark which tells me they either cant find a good fitting shoe or dont know how to tell a good fit. It seems obvious, the poorer the fit the more you must break in the shoe to conform to your foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossup View Post
    I believe a lot has to do with how well your foot compares to "normal" or "average size". Obviously differing manufacturers have different ideas on foot shape/size so Salomon for example might favor narrow feet. My point is if you are a good match for someone's shoe breakin is not necessary, I've purchased several Merril and Salomon shoes, gone straight from box to a week on the trail with my feet 100% happy. On the other hand I've seen many thru hikers still fighting foot/shoe issues at the 1000 mile mark which tells me they either cant find a good fitting shoe or dont know how to tell a good fit. It seems obvious, the poorer the fit the more you must break in the shoe to conform to your foot.
    Some shoes mold better too, but good design plays a role.

    Putting on my inov8 flyroc 310s was like shaking hands with jesus. Nothing else has just slipped into place so solidly and perfectly since. Lacing didnt matter at all. And they held up for 700+ mi
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    Altras? No break-in.
    LLBean Crestas? No break-in.
    Real boots that aren't LLBean Crestas? Break-in.

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