The last time I bought tennis shoes was eight years ago. Actually, these were running shoes I bought to exercise in the Black Forest. Since then, these shoes have served me well over the course of three continents and a lot of miles. I finally bought their replacement today. I could deal with the holes and bits falling apart. I could deal with the nonexistent padding remaining. The last straw was when eyeholes from both shoes ripped apart. Rest in peace, shoes.