Shimano R-310 Durability
Just wanted to check in with any others who may be experiencing some durability problems with this shoe. I've had this shoe now for about four months, and have put nearly 2,000 miles on them. The right shoe, the one I click out from the pedal at stop lights, is starting to show wear right through the carbon on the heel, at the very end of the shoe sole. Another heel pad at the end of the sole would probably have been a good idea. Also, the "plastic" around the "forward" heel pads on both shoes has just delaminated right off. Luckily, it does not seem to affect the stability of the heel pads, and may be just cosmetic, I hope.
Either way, I have to say that I am less than pleased with the durability of these shoes, considering I paid full retail for them. They fit absolutely great, but don't seem like they're going to last a whole year.
I have a pair of Shimano 151s, my all time faves. Naturally, they don't make them any more. They also have carbon soles. Mine are 4 years old and will probably be good for one more season (2011). I lost the little heel thingy (pad?) on one of the shoes, and like yours, the sole wore down and started to delaminate. I took them to a shoemaker and he put thin rubber or vinyl half moon pads on both heels. I think it cost about $10-12. They've been on for 8 or 9 months & work perfectly.
Once you wear down or loose those heel pads, the sole will wear down quickly.
Don't believe everything you think.
I've still use a pair of R-211's as my training shoes. They're pretty beat, but still work fine. Every year, I put some shoe goo on the heel and toe areas.
If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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If you feel wimpy and weak, get out and train more, ya wee lassie!
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Agree—you have to do a bit of annual or semi-annual work on many Shimano shoes. But that's no biggie, and certainly no reason to get rid of them if they fit. Given my difficulty of finding well-fitting shoes, I never resented the few minutes spent messing around with rubber-cement and artfully cut pieces of leather or plastic.
Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY
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I have a pair of R310 and the problem is that the heel walking pads are too far forward and allow the very back of the heel to touch the ground at times. I came up with this idea to stop it from damaging the carbon. I got some of those small clear plastic stickers that are used on a frame to prevent cable rubbing from wearing the paint and I cut them so they fit nicely in behind the walking pads on the part of the carbon that may touch the ground cleaned it really good with alcohol and stuck them on there. They have been on for quite awhile and still working great
Originally Posted by chrdur
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