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Old 08-19-2016, 10:11 AM
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Default Do shoes with Vibram soles last longer?

I've been wearing Merrell shoes with Vibram soles for quite a while and love the feel and traction. The problem is that I always wear down the soles before I wear out the rest of the shoe. My question is: "Do Vibram soles last longer than most other shoe soles?". I've heard a few people say this is the case but I'm not seeing it so just wanted to get some opinions. I've had multiple pairs of Chameleon 4s and a pair of stretch All out Blazes which are both Merrell shoes with Vibram soles. I understand toe dragging will wear out any shoe but I'm not talking about that. I'm asking about wearing down the entire sole.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:16 AM
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Some do. Completely depends on the models. I have 3 pairs of Merrells with Vibram soles. Two are holding up GREAT. The last one I picked up from a Clearance Rack at the local Merrell outlet store - a pair of Bare Access Trail. These ones started falling apart within two months. I only used them for Disc Golf - changed in and out at the course, and I play 5-7 rounds a week. The bottom of the sole/tread started separating from the foam in the cushion of the upper. I otherwise love the shoe as it has great grip in all conditions, is semi-water proof, and is very light and comfortable. However, having to superglue the tread back on in two spots after every 2-3 rounds is a bummer.

Still, I'll keep buying Merrells with Vibram soles every time. My All Out Ice are the best DG shoe I've ever tried if you have a natural/turf tee course. Good on concrete, but the metal cleats are a bit loud. The things are absolute TANKS though.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:13 PM
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I can't say, as I will only buy shoes with Vibram soles. (I wrote "420" on the bottom of my newest shoes, don't tell anyone.)
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Here something to think about a quick look at vibrams website shows 27 different materials that they have available for soles.

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Yes, in my experience anyway. My Keen Dela's w/o Vibrams lasted about a year (2 diff pairs). I love Merrill Moabs w/ the Vibram soles. My last pair last two years.

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No. There are lots of high(er) end shoes out there.
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Thanks for all of the input. I was hoping for a more solid consensus but as with many things there's a spread of opinions. And oh yeah, definitely an ABC fan.
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Its not the Vibram part thats the fail, its the piss poor quality toddler labor made Merrells
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Its not the Vibram part thats the fail, its the piss poor quality toddler labor made Merrells
I'm all for better quality toddlers.
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Some do. Completely depends on the models. I have 3 pairs of Merrells with Vibram soles. Two are holding up GREAT. The last one I picked up from a Clearance Rack at the local Merrell outlet store - a pair of Bare Access Trail. These ones started falling apart within two months. I only used them for Disc Golf - changed in and out at the course, and I play 5-7 rounds a week. The bottom of the sole/tread started separating from the foam in the cushion of the upper. I otherwise love the shoe as it has great grip in all conditions, is semi-water proof, and is very light and comfortable. However, having to superglue the tread back on in two spots after every 2-3 rounds is a bummer.

Still, I'll keep buying Merrells with Vibram soles every time. My All Out Ice are the best DG shoe I've ever tried if you have a natural/turf tee course. Good on concrete, but the metal cleats are a bit loud. The things are absolute TANKS though.
Yeah, in my experience it has a lot to do with the tread pattern on the sole. The circular ones you see on the Chameleon type models seem to wear out a lot faster than the knobbier ones you see on the Moab types.

There may be a better option out there but it's nice to support a company that supports disc golf.
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