Holes in big toe area of shoes

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Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby VegasJustin » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:35 pm

So I bought those new Asics 1170's and have only walked around five or so miles in them, haven't even hit the pitch yet for a run, and already have a small hole forming in the big toe area. This happens with all of my shoes, no matter what kind of shoes they are. I have relatively thick feet, but can't go up a size as my feet are a very specific length, size 12 and when I get a size 13 I slip and slide in them.

Any sort of tips to prevent this small hole from becoming big and preventing holes in the future? This is a big problem for me and I can't keep looking like an idiot with my big toe sticking out all the time!
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby jumpkutz » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:44 pm

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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby VegasJustin » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:07 am

They have no grip though. I used to wear skate shoes, but the lack of grip sucks and they aren't as comfortable as basketball or running shoes.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby DCHeather » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:13 am

Since this happens with all your shoes, I'd say you probably overpronate when you walk or run? Does the below description below describe your shoe wear?

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7 ... -0,00.html

Heel and Forefoot Wear:
Significant wear in the heel and the ball of the foot extending to the big toe.
Diagnosis: Runners who overpronate, or roll their feet too far inward as they land, commonly show this wear pattern. They often have flat arches and a more flexible foot, so it rotates farther inward on the ground. Too much rotation at the hip or knee can also cause overpronation.
Recommendation: Shoes that provide a lot of arch support can help overpronators limit the inward roll and keep their stride in line. Since they break down soles more quickly than other runners with the extra rotation on the ground, overpronators should wear heavier shoes with more durable rubber outsoles, such as the Brooks Trance 7 (see the Fall Shoe Guide).


I would recommend getting to a runner's specialty store. Good ones will do an analysis of your stride and recommend a proper shoe based on your needs. Including size needs.

I have never heard about a hole in the big toe in such a short time period in the upper part of the shoe, so I definitely recommend getting to a specialty store. See if you can talk to someone there that has been running for a LONG time. There can be newbies there sometimes that don't know what they're talking about. So ask the sales person some questions about how long they have been running and how often they run (daily,weekly mileage etc.). If they look like they're confused with the last few questions, move on.

See if you have one of these stores near you:
http://www.roadrunnersports.com/

They usually have treadmills and other gizmos to recommend a good shoe for you. My running partner went there and went through their set-up and he said it picked a shoe he would have picked on his own. So I think it works?
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby VegasJustin » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:18 pm

It sounds like that could be the case as I usually have huge holes in the bottom on the ball of the foot, but I have normal arches. It could also be my thick feet, but I have had thick feet forever and I don't know of any fixes for that. Thanks for the help. I will look into some type of support or something and get shoes that truly fit my feet next time.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby Clevelandmo » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:59 pm

Wearing out the big toe area of the shoe used to be a problem for lots of tennis players back in the day. A lot of us would drag our toe on our follow through. I dont think this is as big of a problem these days because with the improvements in racket technology, tennis strokes have changed - open stance and different follow through. Anyway shoe goo was what we would all use to repair our shoes. There is another similar product called freesole, but I've never tried it. Since it's newer it might be better. Shoe goo worked for me but it only gave me another few more weeks before I had to repair my shoe again.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby DCHeather » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:00 pm

If the wear on the bottom of shoe is even throughout the ball of the foot, then, no, you most likely don't overpronate. But if I was you and had a pair of running shoes that developed a hole after 5 miles, I'd return them to the store and get my money back. That's crazy. How long have you had them? If it's less than 30 days, definitely check into getting your money back.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby VegasJustin » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:42 pm

I bought the shoes from Champs Sports and they are pretty strict on returns. I looked into it online and it looks like I would be stuck with them. I should give them a call or go down there and see. I kept seeing tags about some twenty day trial run and you could return them if you don't like them, but I didn't see anything like that online and kept hearing that they refuse to take worn shoes.


I looked up shoe goo last night and think that this would work as the hole is very small now and it could prevent it from becoming huge. If they don't take them back, that's what I will get.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby DCHeather » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:05 am

If Champs doesn't take them back. I would call Asics customer service and see if they'll do anything for you. There's no reason why a pair of running shoes should develop a hole in the top after 5 miles or so...unless you did it on purpose, which I doubt. All they could say is, "sorry, can't do anything for you."

Worth a shot.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby VegasJustin » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:54 am

So Champs Sports wasn't taking it back and I got some shoe goo. Never even thought about calling Asics, but that wouldn't have done me much good as I only have the new pair of shoes so if they had me send them in or something, I couldn't have done it.

I will take your advice and go to a running store next time to see if I can avoid this happening again. Either that or get Basketball shoes with a leather toe cap so it's harder for the big toe to break through.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby DCHeather » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:37 am

Product Returns (Consumers)

All of ASICS® products are warranted to the consumer through the retailer that makes the original sale. You may take the product back to the store where you made the purchase for return, exchange or refund. If your purchase was made through an online retailer, please consult such retailer's return policy.
If you feel that your product has a manufacturer's defect which has not been addressed by the retailer that you purchased it from, you may send it to ASICS America Corporation for inspection. For all packages being sent to ASICS America Corporation, the following information is REQUIRED on the outside of the package or your package will be returned:
A return mailing address from sender - not P.O. Box (We will not ship to P.O. Boxes if an item is to be replaced)
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If possible, please provide the original packaging and copy of your receipt and send to:
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I've returned items to manufacturers without their original packaging before. That shouldn't be a problem. If you have the receipt, I'd give them a call before sending the shoes back and hear what a representative has to say. It's up to you. But if I paid close to $100 for a pair of running shoes and they developed a hole after 5 miles, I'd be returning them and looking for a different shoe. My guess is if you send them in to Asics without a call, they would probably return the package to you. Although, I wouldn't be shocked if they sent you a replacement pair.

Instead of basketball shoes you could run barefoot. That is the latest craze these days. That and minimalist running footwear, including homemade huaraches. Although, I think it's weird to see somebody running in sandals. Not judging, just looks abnormal.
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Re: Holes in big toe area of shoes

Postby VegasJustin » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:10 am

Yeah the packaging isn't necessary nor is the receipt, but they need the shoes. These shoes are the only ones I got as I threw away my other pair. The hole hasn't gotten bigger and they are really comfortable so I guess it's not a big deal.

I looked at those Adizero Rush shoes and they looked pretty flimsy and easy to rip. I need basketball shoes anyway and there are alot on sale as the newer shoes are coming out. I actually walked barefoot for a few days once as my shoes completely fell apart and it wasn't bad. Your feet adapt after awhile.
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