How Many Years Do You Get Out of Nike Shoes?

Nike shoes are the most popular sneaker brand in the world. I mean, every man, his dog, his aunt and even his sister has a pair of Nike’s.

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But how long do Nike shoes actually last?

Well that’s what I want to talk about today.

There are a lot of variables that come into play and I will explain them all in this article.

And don’t worry, I will keep this short and sweet.

How Long Do Nike Shoes Last?


Short Answer

It all depends on how often you wear them and the quality of the shoes.

But at the end of the day, a $65 pair of Nike’s will last less than a year with everyday use.

While a pair over $100 will last at least 1.5 – 2 years.

Long Answer

It all comes down to the quality of the shoe and how often the shoe is worn.

That’s the simplest way of putting it.

There is no special formula or exact number because every pair of Nike’s are different and all have their own durability.

However, let me break it down even further so you understand what I’m talking about.

Variables that Determine How Long Shoes Last


The Quality of the Material

What the shoe is made out of plays a big role in how long it will last.

In my experience wearing Nike’s throughout the years and reviewing them on this website, I am confident to say it all comes down to the price tag.

You usually pay more for quality and comfort.

The more money you put into a shoe, the longer it’s going to last.

That’s the easiest way to determine quality.

Storage Solutions

Another huge problem that can break down shoes a lot faster is where you store them.

For example:

Leaving them in a pile at the front door is going to kill the materials much faster than storing them on a shelf.

Or leaving them on a ground in a cold and damp basement is going to speed up the dry rotting process.

There are lots of ways to keep your shoes in tip top condition, but these 5 storage solutions are my favorite.

How Often They’re Worn

In my opinion this is the biggest factor that comes into play.

If you buy 2 pairs of shoes but leave one stored for 10 months, but wear the other pair for the entire 10 months, the one you wore is going to be more worn out.

It’s simple science.

So keep in mind that the more you wear them, the faster they wear out.

General Care and Maintenance

Keeping the shoes in tip top condition by cleaning them after every use is going to increase longevity and make them last much longer than a year.

I recommend hand washing Nike’s because other methods can damage the shoes and decrease lifespan.

What Wears Out First?


As a rule of thumb, the first thing that wears out in a shoe is the midsole.

This is the place where you put your feet.

That’s why when purchasing second hand pair of shoes online you can’t tell the quality unless you put your feet inside.

Which is physically impossible.

I used to have a pair of shoes with the midsole so worn out that I could feel the outsole of the shoe!

But guess what?

The shoe looked a couple weeks old on the outside, but the inside was absolutely rooted.

I done this experiment to see what would wear down first.

It wasn’t the upper, it wasn’t the outsole, it was the midsole.

In Conclusion


To conclude this article, Nike shoes costing under $100 will last around a year.

Shoes costing over $100 should last at least 2 years before wearing out completely.

Of course these are a general rule of thumb considering all the factors that come into play.

Shoes worn everyday will wear out faster than those worn 2x a week.

Well I hope you found this article helpful.

I would like to know how long your Nike shoes have lasted in the past. Please leave your questions and concerns in the comments below 🙂

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