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01-02-2013, 06:24 PM
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Overpriced Athletic Shoes

I will never understand why theyre so expensive - hiking shoes, runners, basketball shoes, and so on are way overpriced in Canada. Im a little cheap when it comes to my sports shoes cause I only wear them on weekends or lounging. So that includes winters so it must be able to handle all the snow and dirt (which is why I dont see a point spending $100 on nice shoes and only wear them in the summer or indoors). I dont go to the gym often enough to warrant spending that kind of money on indoor runners.

My pair now that I paid $18 for 4 years ago on clearance have fallen apart and been wearing them for the past year like this cause everywhere I have gone, I cant find a reasonable price. I go in Sport Chek today at an outlet mall cause sports stores here are slim pickings (Sport Mart was the best before they shut down) and skim the wall. All Im looking at is prices, dont even care how the shoe looks or the brand, give me a pair of runners for $10 with pink on them and ill take it. And everything is $140, $130, $120, $100, finally see a few $90, $80, these are outlet mall prices? On the entire wall, there was one pair of runners for $50, was bit tempted but they were bit too feminine. Saw some nice Crosby runners, $140! Im standing there looking and thinking the mark up on these Nikes, Crosbys, Reeboks must be huge! The store probably buys them for 1/3 of the price.

Next thing you know I was in the store trying on shoes for almost 2 hours.

I was hoping to get a nice deal on hiking shoes cause I do like to go hiking every now and then and casual shoes dont really cut it. But I look at the cheapest ones and theyre still $90 with the 50% off! I would love a pair but i couldnt justify the price. I was just about to give up and just run over to Walmart and pick up a pair of runners there for $10. You cant beat that price, even if they only last a year. Walmart is the secret hideout when it comes to cheap runners.

Finally I manage to come across the cheapest ones on the shelf for $25. Even at $25 I had a tough time swallowing the price cause i should be getting a decent pair of runners for not much more. Theyre casual walking shoes with laces and look like runners, wouldnt even try riding a bike with them let alone using them in a recreation centre or hiking. Tried it on, good enough, I buy it. Obviously not as comfortable as a $99 Nike air runner, but no way in hell im paying that kind of money on runners. The Nikes sure werent 4 times more comfortable to warrant 4 times the price. I miss those old days where I could buy a good pair of Nike shoes for $40.

I know the better option for winters is to get a pair of winter boots, then that way you wont have to deal with your socks getting soaked, but even those are overpriced. $100+ at Marks Work Wearhouse just for a simple pair of rubber boots!


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01-02-2013, 06:28 PM
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I currently have four pairs of shoes.

A pair of boots bought two months ago costing 48 dollars
A pair of trainers bought four months ago costing 56 dollars
A pair of trainers bought many years ago costing 40 dollars
A pair of smart shoes bought many years ago costing 64 dollars

Maybe shoes cost more in Canada or you're looking in the wrong place.

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Canada shoes are stupidly priced, but we still pay it.

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I currently have four pairs of shoes.

A pair of boots bought two months ago costing 48 dollars
A pair of trainers bought four months ago costing 56 dollars
A pair of trainers bought many years ago costing 40 dollars
A pair of smart shoes bought many years ago costing 64 dollars

Maybe shoes cost more in Canada or you're looking in the wrong place.
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Puckgenius, if you seriously have a hard time paying $25 for a decent pair of shoes.....you're in for a rough life.

Try Payless next time.

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I usually hit the Nike outlet stores to get my shoes.

I got these on Boxing Day for $45



Just found the same style on Sportchek for $139.

http://www.sportchek.ca/product/inde...uctId=12357073

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Puckgenius, if you seriously have a hard time paying $25 for a decent pair of shoes.....you're in for a rough life.

Try Payless next time.
When you find out how cheap it is to makes shoes and how cheap they are overseas, you will understand. I spend about $80 on my work shoes (and those are outlet prices, I will never buy work shoes from a reg store) and I usually buy a new pair every 3 years. But those we wear everyday. Theres no way althetic shoes should be more than that.

$25 was fine for the shoes I got today, I just felt I should be getting a better quality pair for not much more. But these are good enough for the next few years.

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I usually hit the Nike outlet stores to get my shoes.

I got these on Boxing Day for $45



Just found the same style on Sportchek for $139.

http://www.sportchek.ca/product/inde...uctId=12357073
Ya I would have no problem paying $45 for those.


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I usually pay almost $100US for runners, anything less seems to fall apart too quickly or leave my feet sore post runs immediately. It's unfortunate, but someone has to pay those six year old Vietnamese girls twenty cents a day to make them.

Best way I've found to get deals is right after Christmas (picked up two pairs of New Balances, usually over 200 total for sixty last week) and eBay.

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Pay for comfort myself...

Trail running i use Asics. Never found a running shoe as comfortable... but good god they are expensive and break very fast, usually less than 6 months.

Casual whatever shoes vary, I have some expensive ones and some cheap cheap ones.

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Is PG really whining about spending money on shoes that last 4 years?

It's like people who whine about buying NHL every year while putting in hundreds of hours of gameplay into the game.

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Everything is expensive in Canada, I guess that is why the outlet mall and Galleria Mall is like 50% Canadians in the Buffalo area. Must have to be substantially lower to warrant driving over the border, or the shopping just sucks up there.

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Is this a post your athletic shoe collection thread?



















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Prices in Canada for shoes are insane compared to America, which is why I haven't bought shoes in Canada for the past 6 years. Same pair of DC's I got for 35$ in America are 110$ in Canada.

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I could never live in Canada. I saw someone say that a case of Budweiser costs like $45 bucks up there. And $100 for a pair of DC's? Jesus Christ.

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Why do you keep making these rant threads?

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Well, prices are starting higher so even at discount, they can still be high. Usually I can get pairs about half price if I wait until clearances. I paid $70 in 2010 for a pair of Timberland men's soft soled hikers that were hilariously miss sized at a 9(In men's I'm an 8) and loved the feel of those ugly things so much(so sue me, I had a persistant foot injury) I went back 4 months later and got another pair, now down to $58 and they threw in a bonus free pair of Keen slides as a promo. I wore the Timberland pairs as much as possible, only breaking down and wearing a boot(LL Bean Multisport hiker style self lacer on sale at $120) when the snows forced me, and a dressier boot or flats on very short, no walking trips only. This year I bought a pair of Columbia hikers half priced at $45 and New balance runners at the same price at Intersport. I'm not afraid to wear a women's 10(9.5 is my best fit, and I can occasionally wear 9 as well), and often can get great deals because of this.About a three months ago, I splurged $50 on a lands end winter bootie, $14 on a Lands end all weather shoe and last month $100 on a Keen boot with an 8 inch shaft. That's it for me unless I get a steal of a deal for awhile.

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I just got a real nice deal, was told about Sport Mart 30% off clearance sale cause the last 3 stores in Calgary are closing down so I checked it out and picked up these. One is Fila and other is Reebok for $31 each! I got 2 pairs for pretty much not even 1 pair at Sport chek, so I returned the $25 shoes at Sport Chek. $80+ / pair at Sport Chek haha what a joke.

They also have hiking shoes and found a cheap pair for $30 + 30% off, might go back tommorow and get them. $21 for brand new Hiking shoes, dont think you can beat that.

$31 Reebok, will wear these first


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what awful looking shoes

I have one pair of shoes I where everyday (other than my workshoes+rubber boots)

Get new ones every spring.

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They look fine for the price from a brand name. Im not picky, as long as theyre cheap. My $25 ones i returned looked much worse.

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http://www.walmart.ca/en/cp/shoes/21072

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