Performance running shoes are created with only one thing in mind - the run. Fabrics are carefully developed to provide the very best performance available for the lifetime of a running shoe - which is 300-500 miles. Holes in the fabric after this many miles would be considered normal wear and tear as repeated friction in one area will start to wear down those soft technical materials used in the upper of our shoes - it's what makes them so comfortable! Here are some other reasons you might experience holes:
- Size - running shoes should have 1/2 inch (a thumb width) of space between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. If you are experiencing holes at the end of the toe box of your shoes, consider whether there is enough room there. Perhaps sizing up 1/2 size would help.
- Width - if you are experiencing holes in the fabric on the sides of your shoes, particularly at the widest point of your foot, it's possible you would benefit from a wider shoe.
- Stride - if your shoes are rubbing against each other during your stride, you might see wear on the inside of the shoes or on the collars around the ankle. Some runners also experience holes in the toebox from lifting their big toe as a part of their stride.
If you believe that you are experiencing holes in the fabric of your shoes that are caused by a design or manufacturing flaw (as opposed to any of the above reasons), please contact us and we will be happy to help.