I am in the market for new shoes after the sole in my old shoe ripped apart. Frankly I do not want to have this same situation 3-5 years down the line, so I want to invest in a quality product. I don't mind spending $200 dollars as long as the shoe last a decade or two. That being said, what are some shoemakers you men would recommend to me? I am size 9.5 and flat-footed.
I am looking for a shoe with these characteristics:
- Can take a beating ( I usually walk 3-4 miles everyday so this is the most important)
- Can be worn in a formal and casual environment
Isn't that expecting a bit much? even at 3 miles a day, you'd walk over 1,000 miles a year, expecting shoes to last 10 years without resoling or rest, you'd be demanding 10,000 miles out of them! :)
The British shoe makers "Loake" offer a resoling service, I'm sure that a few entry level/high end American makers also offer this service as well...but I doubt that any maker can claim 10,000 miles worth of use on a single sole.
You'd probably get 10 or 20 years if you were rotating through several pairs of shoes, but I personally don't see any single pair lasting that long...interested to see if any other responders to this post have shoes or boots that have taken such a pounding and still look good though!
I don't mind spending $200 dollars as long as the shoe last a decade or two.
I'm not sure how much you've ever shopped for shoes but that's sort of like saying "I'd like to go to a nice restaurant and I'm willing to spend $40".
You're not going to find a shoe that meets your specs for $200 that will last 10 years of daily wear.
I see. I'm pretty new to this whole thing, so the more info I attain from you gentlemen, the better. I know no shoe will last THAT long, but the point is I don't mind spending money to buy and resole it once it's worn out. I currently have two shoes in rotation now, and need a new pair of black shoes.
Buy an insole for your foot. Put them in the shoes you are inspecting and see how they work with that insole. It made shopping a lot easier on me when I did it that way.
If you get leather soled shoes have a cobbler put Vibram soles over them and the heal of the shoe after you break them in. The Vibram sole will help them last so that you only have to have the heal touched up every so often.
You will need to have shoe trees to reset your shoes between wearings and need to give them 24-48 hours rest. IE wear no more often then every other day. Also keep them in good polish to deal with the weather. Every 2 weeks or so you should polish them. Some say every 6 wears, really you need to just pay attention to them and feed them when needed.
Good shoes take maintenance to make them last. But they also age well and it feels good pulling out things you actually cared for and about when getting dressed.
Thank you, I did not know this info!
A pair of shoes you wear daily will need to be resoled in roughly 3 years anyway. Depends on what you want to spend. And if you're on your feet all day, you may be buying "service oxfords" from Redwing.
Get a pair of nice Allen Edmonds. Clean and polish them regularly, keep them on ceder trees when not wearing them. AE offers resoling and full rebuilding of their good shoes (they do have some with rubber soles that can't be rebuilt, I'd avoid these). They have some with doubled up leather soles, but you are looking at close to $600 for those. Most of their oxfords are in the $300 range. I own one pair and plan to purchase more as time goes on. They are great shoes.
I have several pairs of AE's. They are my go-to dress shoes. I've worn them for decades and never consider buying any other brand of dress shoe. For a less dressy office environment I have a couple of pair of Ecco's and Redwings.
Clarification: I've worn the AE brand for decades. The oldest pair I have are about 12 yrs old. I only wear them a few times a year; they aren't in my daily rotation.
Thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely try a pair of AE's at Macy's tomorrow. Is it ok if I walk around the store in the pair of shoes for a few minutes? I normally would just walk for a minute and some shoes would become too uncomfortable to wear!