Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie
One of the main reasons people give for buying english shoes like C&J or EG is that they're supposed to last longer due to goodyear welt, good leather soles, etc.
I once owned a pair of black Blundstone boots, which accompanied me across continents, into tropical jungles, up on snowy mountains, and to my casual ex-workplace. I wore them almost everyday for five years (yeah, yeah) and they still looked fairly new.
One day, the soles finally fell apart. I was aghast when I found out they could not be resoled. Five years of amazing memories in those boots.
They are the main reason I started buying English shoes. I don't see many Goodyear-welted shoes with full-grain uppers in the market; English shoemakers have tons of them.
I don't ever want to be forced to throw away a pair of shoes I love, again.