To the starter of the thread: Learn to stop dragging your toe! Problem solved.
dgdave wrote:I'm a big guy, 6'5" 280lbs (DING!!!!), and I have more problems with the material upper than the soles. I've mainly been wearing North Face since Sept, and I also have some Salomons that I wear every once in a while. The salomons were a replacement pair from when I blew out the upper on my lat pair. They were 9 month old. TNF shoes are great, but the upper is tearing and the goretex leaks, so I'm sending them in for return.
I wore merrell chamellions for 1 1/2 years and finally retired them because the inside heal had totally been ripped out. The sole showed wear, but still had a lot of life in them.
I think the issue is you need to replace your kicks more often. After 6-9 months of heavy use, including teeing off on concrete pads, any good disc golf shoe I've ever had is at the end of it's life cycle. Especially for a full size dude such as yourself. At least most of the manufacturers have a full one year warranty, so you can sometimes extend your value through returns (sounds like you are already familiar with this).
Replacing more often is just better for your feet anyway. Lots of time the midsole cushioning breaks down before the wear on the upper and outsole gets out of hand, then you're just risking injury or lingering health problems by continuing to walk on broken down cushioning.
I'm on my feet a lot of the time, and I eventually came to look at athletic shoes as a semi-disposable, frequently replaced item. I'm kind of cheap, and I try to buy as little as possible of stuff I don't need, but I have tons of athletic shoes cause I feel that healthy feet/legs/back/etc is critical to continuing my athletic pursuits for many years to come. At any given time I usually have 2-4 pairs of trail runners, 2-4 pairs of running shoes (separate pairs for running and dry weather disc), mountain boots, and some high tops for shooting hoops. I don't even like to use the same pair of shoes for different sports. It might seem like I'm taking it too far, but I'm in my mid-30s and weigh in close to 2 bucks, and I can still spend several days in a row moving around on my feet all day long without suffering any soreness, fatigue, back or foot problems. Hard to argue with the results.
Alright, rant mode off.