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2012-04-03 09:53:54 AM
ecco

that is all.
 
2012-04-03 09:53:59 AM
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2012-04-03 09:54:16 AM

AliceBToklasLives: So this is what us liters are missing, huh?


Yeah, but about half of the people in here are former Tfers that everyone knows and loves anyway.

*points at discgolfguru.

*and others*
 
2012-04-03 09:54:16 AM

wotnartd: I'm lucky to get 10 months out of my work boots, and I don't do cheap. I was only buying timberland up until the last time, then I switched to a Carolina boot with composite toes. I hope they last longer, but they aren't quite as comfortable.


Work your way up to Red Wing. I've never owned a pair, but my father in law worked in construction and said that some of the guys had the same boots for over a decade.
 
2012-04-03 09:54:21 AM
My Rockports usually last about one year then self destruct.
 
2012-04-03 09:54:23 AM
I got just over 2 years out of a pair of Gordon Rush shoes. Just had to have them heeled once.

When the midsole went flat and started to hurt my feet, I bought a new pair.
 
2012-04-03 09:54:57 AM

Rev.K: So, this exists.

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I might hit that......
 
2012-04-03 09:55:06 AM

Thrakkerzog: AliceBToklasLives: So this is what us liters are missing, huh?

No. There's an equally enticing thread about the life span of underwear.


Wait, thats not fair. It's about the lifespan on types of underwear.

We learned panties expire the quickest due to crotch-rot.

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2012-04-03 09:55:15 AM

AliceBToklasLives: So this is what us liters are missing, huh?


No, we just got stuck with the goofball admin today. In the more interesting thread, we're discussion how many action figures you have to own to be stuck masturbating for the rest of your life.
 
2012-04-03 09:55:41 AM
"Most" shoes last about 1 year or less, because thats how often the manufacturer wants to be sure you'll replace them.

As far as sneakers go, New Balance shoes have been absolutely indestructable for me.. they just last and last and last.

Oh, and I bought some lightweight boot/sneaker hybrid from Cabela's (their own brand) several years ago, worn the crap out of them in all kinds of conditions, and they still look like they're new out of the box. Freaking amazing.. I fully intend to keep buying these for life whenever the time comes to repace them.

As others said, expensive dress shoes.. have them serviced by a shoe repair place.
 
2012-04-03 09:55:58 AM

Ponzholio: TrancePI: Sweet, bold green.

Yes, cheap fu*ks, we pay $5 a month for mundane advice such as this, and to have people make the obvious "I'll pray for your soles" jokes.

But while we're here, I got 2 free months to give away if anyone can be interesting.

This could be the worst sponsorship thread ever... Anyway, I've got a gift TF I'll throw in too.


If someone can make this thread interesting, they friggen deserve a $5 coupon.
 
2012-04-03 09:56:11 AM
Get them resoled. If you take them to a cobbler and he tells you they can't be resoled, buy better shoes next time. If you really want men's shoes that will last you a LONG time, get Aldens. They'll cost you $400-500 but they're a lifetime investment. Resole them every few years and when they really wear down, send them back to the factory for refurbishing. You'll be wearing them when you're 80.
 
2012-04-03 09:56:13 AM
It all depends on the construction of the shoe, or more simply, how much you paid. A sub $100 pair of dress shoes should get you a couple years if you didn't get ripped off. I have a pair of Calvin Klein loafers, about $90 that have about two years on them (~4 days/week); I figure they have maybe another year, tops.

If you invest in a high quality pair of shoes in the $300+ range, you can get much more out of them, and you can have them resoled to increase their lifespan even further.

As the saying goes, "a $200 pair of shoes will last exactly twice as long as a $100 pair of shoes, but a $300 pair of shoes will last a lifetime"
 
2012-04-03 09:56:15 AM

IAmRight: I think you're the only person ever to complain about shoes lasting "only" two years.

Try doing something athletic and start going through shoes about once a month or so, then start complaining.

/tennis is hell on shoes, even tennis shoes


That.

I go through a set of jump boots per year just for WMA. Of course being able to soak the leather with sweat to the point that rust transfers off my greaves doesn't help matters. Normal shoes are worn out in 6 to 12 months and replaced after 18 because I'm a cheap bastard.

If you got two years out of dress shoes and the uppers are still fine, take them to a shoe place for new soles and feel lucky to have gotten a good run.
 
2012-04-03 09:56:22 AM
I wear only Chuck Taylors these days.

Probably for 8 out of the last 10 years its my only style of shoe.

They have no arch. Happy time for my flat feet.
 
2012-04-03 09:56:59 AM
It pays to have several sets of dress shoes to cycle through.

Buy good shoes, look good.
 
2012-04-03 09:57:04 AM

basemetal: I might hit that......


Is it the beard or the sleeve?

I think it's both.
 
2012-04-03 09:57:30 AM

TNel: I got some Sketchers casual work shoes at Gabriel Brothers for $15 and after 3 years they are still going strong. My original sketchers that I had paid full price of a whopping $60 lasted me about 4 years. I wish I bought more of these cheapo shoes. I'm sure my size was why I got them so cheap and they wanted rid of them, not many people where a 6.5


My Sketchers walking shoes have torn apart at a seam (after only a year) on the outside of my left foot, from sole to laces. I'm trying to figure out if this is something that a cobbler would even be able to repair.
 
2012-04-03 09:57:44 AM
Can we change this into an etymology discussion?

I'd recommend taking your shoes to a cobbler as well, but some people apparently don't use that word, and know such a person as a "shoe repair guy."

My theory is that you'd have to be on the east coast, or maybe only New England to know the word "cobbler." Any ideas from the peanut gallery?

For my $.02, with waterproofing boots , I would recommend using a product called Sno-Seal. Buy a small tub for about $5, rub it on your leather, then run a hair drier over it to open up the pores and soak it in. It's a beeswax-derived product, and works far better for me than neat's foot oil or any silicone product.

www.campmor.com
 
2012-04-03 09:57:48 AM
I had a pair of Teva flip flops that lasted me four years with nearly daily use, including snow/winter wear. They cost about $50.
 
2012-04-03 09:57:54 AM
I buy Rockports, which I know probably aren't considered super-duper, but they used to be really good. I'd get 3 years of every day wear out of them, to the point where I almost stopped worrying about putting on other shoes for anything but lawn work or fishing.

They must have changed factories or something though, as the past couple pairs have struggled to make it a year. Laces go quick, the heel padding will wear out, insole padding is crap.
 
2012-04-03 09:58:11 AM

Thrakkerzog: Green?



today has to be the boringestest day evah
 
2012-04-03 09:58:38 AM

Alonjar: As far as sneakers go, New Balance shoes have been absolutely indestructable for me.. they just last and last and last.


Most athletic shoe's exterior holds up pretty well, the insoles break down much faster.
 
2012-04-03 09:58:42 AM

NeoBad: My Rockports usually last about one year then self destruct.


This. In their defense, though, they usually fall apart on the inside, as I rarely untie them,. just slip them on and off. Damned comfortable shoes, though.
 
2012-04-03 09:58:51 AM
I have a pair of Born oxfords I wear most days for work. They have lasted 4 years so far and show no signs of needing replacement anytime soon. But then I regularly polish and condition the leather.

I had a pair of Doc Martens I bought in college that I just recently had to replace them. They lasted 15+ years. I suppose I could have had them resoled but I figured that was good run.
 
2012-04-03 09:58:52 AM

Snacktastrophe: ecco

that is all.


That. But they do eventually wear out, too. :-/ Not normally the soles, but the stitching/uppers.
 
2012-04-03 09:59:14 AM

Rev.K: basemetal: I might hit that......

Is it the beard or the sleeve?

I think it's both.


Oh, it's both.
 
2012-04-03 09:59:26 AM

TrancePI: Sweet, bold green.

Yes, cheap fu*ks, we pay $5 a month for mundane advice such as this, and to have people make the obvious "I'll pray for your soles" jokes.

But while we're here, I got 2 free months to give away if anyone can be interesting.


How about shoes with boobies?

ebandit.in

You want interesting, hm... did you know that the parasitic trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness are immune to cyanide (which inhibits respiration), but are sensitive to other respiratory inhibitors which have little effect on H. sapiens? I thought it was interesting, at least.
 
2012-04-03 10:00:12 AM

Thrakkerzog: myschief: Thrakkerzog: Green?

Shouldn't a fascinating topic like this be available for the masses?

Pshaw! As if liters wear shoes.


Hell, some of us don't even have feet

/BK amp :*)
 
2012-04-03 10:00:33 AM
I get my shoes at walmart. $15, and I can get them in a size 13. Why overthink this shiat?
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2012-04-03 10:00:45 AM
Well, kids, this is what you're missing. That and a thread about the subtle signs that your SO is cheating.

I think that might have been a better green.
 
2012-04-03 10:00:48 AM
Really depends on your foot, body weight and frequency of wear.

I am not heavy but i have flat feet which kill the hell out of shoes.

Like another poster says it is all about the rotation. For work I tend to wear m sneakers twice a week, a pair of leather boots one day, and then some suede loafers at the end of the week.

I have a pair of leather boots I bought in South america 12 years ago that are kicking, they look rough but I love em.

I get about about 3 years out of Kenneth Coles if I use em on a daily basis.

i have a 14 year old pair of Skechers, there is a reason waiters use them.
 
2012-04-03 10:00:57 AM

basemetal: By the way, I have some Vans that are a good five years old.


I just replaced my Vasque boots from 1972.
Finally broken in. Got another pair.
These I will be buried in.
 
2012-04-03 10:02:00 AM

hogans: Can we change this into an etymology discussion?

I'd recommend taking your shoes to a cobbler as well, but some people apparently don't use that word, and know such a person as a "shoe repair guy."

My theory is that you'd have to be on the east coast, or maybe only New England to know the word "cobbler." Any ideas from the peanut gallery?

For my $.02, with waterproofing boots , I would recommend using a product called Sno-Seal. Buy a small tub for about $5, rub it on your leather, then run a hair drier over it to open up the pores and soak it in. It's a beeswax-derived product, and works far better for me than neat's foot oil or any silicone product.


I know what a cobbler is, but I can honestly say I've never known a place to be in the business of cobbling.

/Washington state
 
2012-04-03 10:02:01 AM

Thrakkerzog: AliceBToklasLives: So this is what us liters are missing, huh?

No. There's an equally enticing thread about the life span of underwear.


Guess I should actually check out TFD every once in a while. I have a whole spreadsheet on "crotch rot" phenomena of various brands to contribute.
 
2012-04-03 10:02:11 AM

hogans: My theory is that you'd have to be on the east coast, or maybe only New England to know the word "cobbler." Any ideas from the peanut gallery?


I'm from NorCal, and I know all about cobblers. God, do I hate east coast bias. First college football, now shoe repair. WHEN WILL IT END?
 
2012-04-03 10:02:12 AM

gambitsgirl: Thrakkerzog: Green?


today has to be the boringestest day evah


You women just don't understand about shoes..
 
2012-04-03 10:03:09 AM

theflatline: Really depends on your foot, body weight and frequency of wear.

I am not heavy but i have flat feet which kill the hell out of shoes.

Like another poster says it is all about the rotation. For work I tend to wear m sneakers twice a week, a pair of leather boots one day, and then some suede loafers at the end of the week.

I have a pair of leather boots I bought in South america 12 years ago that are kicking, they look rough but I love em.

I get about about 3 years out of Kenneth Coles if I use em on a daily basis.

i have a 14 year old pair of Skechers, there is a reason waiters use them.




www.worlds-luxury-guide.com
 
2012-04-03 10:03:13 AM
I have dress shoes and cowboy boots that visit a shoe repair guy every few years. Best money spent ever.
 
2012-04-03 10:03:29 AM
Dr. Marten's. I bought my first pair in 2010. After about 9 months the sole started separating from the upper. Sent an email to their customer service. Had a response by the end of the day. Since my original shoes were discontinued, the rep told me to pick *any* pair of shoes off their website. Showed up on my doorstep about a week later. That's customer service. I'm now a Dr. Marten customer for life.
 
2012-04-03 10:03:38 AM

basemetal: Alonjar: As far as sneakers go, New Balance shoes have been absolutely indestructable for me.. they just last and last and last.

Most athletic shoe's exterior holds up pretty well, the insoles break down much faster.


I agree on the New Balance. I am peering in my closet now and I have 5 pairs of New Balance. 2002,2004, 2006, 2009, and 2012. 2 and 4 are now yard work shoes.
 
2012-04-03 10:03:50 AM
I purposefully miss the boot van at work which is filled with boots I consider crap, and then take the $85 coupon and go to the authorized store and buy a pair of Georgia Boots. I spend about $60 out of my own pocket, but they last forever, and I've been able to buy several varieties, from summer boots, to winter to boots, to boots I wear when I'm only driving, etc.

Best. Boots. Ever.
 
2012-04-03 10:04:02 AM

hogans: I'd recommend taking your shoes to a cobbler as well, but some people apparently don't use that word, and know such a person as a "shoe repair guy."

My theory is that you'd have to be on the east coast, or maybe only New England to know the word "cobbler." Any ideas from the peanut gallery?


A cobbler is a practitioner of an ancient trade who is capable of making shoes or boots from raw materials.

A "shoe repair guy" is a guy that has a mall kiosk or storefront and does minor repairs. Most of them couldn't make a shoe from scratch if they had to.

Both can do the job, but actual cobblers aren't exactly thick on the ground. Actual cobblers also tend to be expensive for bespoke or custom work in the first world.
 
2012-04-03 10:04:29 AM
My patent leathers lasted me a full 4 years on my last tour. Of course they were polished almost daily and were only work at an office, but I think they did good.
 
2012-04-03 10:04:29 AM

Cythraul: Depending on how often you wear them, I'd say two years is pretty good. Though I'd probably want around 3 to 4 for the ideal.


Well made leather shoes should last 20 years and be worth taking to the shoe shop for new heels and soles about every 5 or 10 imho. But then, since I used to have to custom order my shoes (13 EEEE) I tended to buy more expensive ones I knew would last (that and whiskey are the only things I'm not a cheap bastard about)
 
2012-04-03 10:04:52 AM
Damnable enablers. There goes my productivity.

/ thanks
 
2012-04-03 10:05:07 AM
The shoes I'm wearing are Five years old, but it's looking like I'm going to have to replace them soon.
 
2012-04-03 10:05:11 AM

gambitsgirl: theflatline: Really depends on your foot, body weight and frequency of wear.

I am not heavy but i have flat feet which kill the hell out of shoes.

Like another poster says it is all about the rotation. For work I tend to wear m sneakers twice a week, a pair of leather boots one day, and then some suede loafers at the end of the week.

I have a pair of leather boots I bought in South america 12 years ago that are kicking, they look rough but I love em.

I get about about 3 years out of Kenneth Coles if I use em on a daily basis.

i have a 14 year old pair of Skechers, there is a reason waiters use them.



[www.worlds-luxury-guide.com image 290x200]


Get prepared for wedding pics, May 15 draws nigh.

The only thing I need is a new pair of dress shoes and I am will probably buy those in Colombia.
 
2012-04-03 10:06:11 AM

booger42: Thrakkerzog: myschief: Thrakkerzog: Green?

Shouldn't a fascinating topic like this be available for the masses?

Pshaw! As if liters wear shoes.

Hell, some of us don't even have feet

/BK amp :*)


See? My point stands.

Do you get around with prosthetic attachments?

I see a guy around here, double BK amputee, who runs like a mad man with those spring like things. It's incredible to watch.
 
2012-04-03 10:06:13 AM
Invest in a pair of Allen Edmonds. American made, classic, and they will refurbish your shoes for you. Save up and buy them. I buy most of my other clothing second-hand, but invest in shoes. Also, I have EEE feet, so I was buying shoes that were too big. For the first time, I have shoes that fit.

I'd rather buy a $300 pair of shoes that lasts me 10 years than buy a pair of $100 shoes every two years. If I take care of them, they'll last me longer than 10 years. If they start to wear out, I can send them back to the factory for "Recrafting."
 
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