Shoe wear patterns fascinate me. At the end of each run, I have the habit of taking my shoes off and scrutinizing my sole wear patterns to see if anything interesting pops up. I may look a bit odd walking down my street barefoot while staring at the soles of my shoes, but at this point I think my neighbors know me well enough to not question my sanity.
I used to absolutely destroy the heels of my running shoes. In fact, I once burst the air pocket in the sole of a pair of Nike’s by grinding down the heel so badly. Those days seem to be long gone. Since going minimal and working on my stride, outsole wear on my shoes has decreased dramatically. I do still get some wear on the heels, but after 70+ miles of running in the Saucony Grid Type A5 flat, for example, I can still clearly read the “GET SOME!” mantra found under the lateral heel (see stock photo above and to the left) – and it’s still completely green. In the old days I would have done some serious damage to that region by now.