My 2 scents...I've got 7 years of torn up shoes worth discussing here. Early on I decided waterproofing would be a good idea, playing Bushwhackers PLUS sucking hard. I started with Berk clogs, then Garmont, Merrills, Salomon, and am still wearing Vasque. Minus the leather clogs, nothing lasted more than 10 mo. of steady discin. And to pay $90-130 every tenth month is out of the question. So here's what I disc-covered...
Waterproof= waste of cash. You'll want it MAYBE 5x a year. When it really pours rain, those same waterproof shoes FILL UP with water so you've a nice swimming pool for your feet. You're better off finding a breathing shoe (mostly for tha stank, but also to evaporate/drain water when you do have to get wet). Also, you can't wash waterproof shoes with detergent or soap.
Zappos= awesome! I think all shoes are guaranteed for 1 yr. So when your expensive-ass shoes fall apart, they next-day ship you brand new ones BEFORE you even send in the old ones. You can even get different shoes in the exchange. So this is like paying $130 for 2 pairs, which is reasonable to me.
All Shoes= Long-term cant handle the amount of pivotting on rough terrain, wetting and drying, and being embedded with dirt every game. Also take some time to maintain yo shitz. Outsoles are usually the first to go, and basically, superglue was how they were attached in the first place.
My Advice= find something comfortable, that fits true to your foot (very important!) Vasque and New Balance are 2 of the few brands to sell shoes in width. Measure your feet standing up! Also get a shoe that isn't stiff in the midsection, being as you'll be pushing off your toes quite regularly. Keep in mind that certain styles of shoe displace your weight in different ways (i.e. running shoes move the weight forward onto your toes). There are also shoes designed to correct your foot posture to neutral, rather than supponated or pronated (simply put, placing more weight on either side of your foot as you walk). Check out the outsoles of your old kicks. Note where the wear spots are. That's what disc golf is doing to your posture, adjust accordingly.
P.S. Vasque sizes run large. Go 1/2 size smaller.
Last edited by Buzzz Killington
on Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.