Originally Posted by dieselman89
I agree! I just spoke to my buddy about this the other day. Is it really worth it to buy a pair of $60-80 bostonians/floreshims that will only last a year or two, or save up and buy a nice pair of shoes suchs as AE for about $150 that will last 5-8 years!
While it's a good point, I have an issue with comments like these.
First, a cheap pair of shoes can easily last 3 years or so if you take care of them. The problem is most people who wear cheap shoes do not.
Second, even the best shoes may not always last 5-8 years. Shoes can take a real beating - deep scratches, cuts in the leather, etc.
Third, some very durable shoes can be had in the $150 range or less. I should picked up a pair of Florsheim Canfields for $130 that have a goodyear welt.
I would say that the TCO (true cost of ownership) of a cheap pair is something like $30/yr. ($90/3yrs)
For better shoes, let's say AE's on a deal for $200 might last 5 years. ($40/yr).
(as you can see, AE's at a cheap price point are a bargain)
But for more expensive shoes, say something like $500/pair, you are talking $100/yr.
Just my $.02