This, a dozen times over.
I think there's a bit of a cultural thing here with the way that some people on this forum treat their footwear and clothes (and other goods) compared to the people who have traditionally been the main users of some of the things that are held in high esteem on here.
If you've ever been to the house of an upper-class or upper-middle-class (yes, some people do still make the distinction) Englishman, then you'll see that most things there are of the highest quality and have been well-used for some time. The expectation is that you pay for quality stuff and that longevity is part of the package, and also that the goods will be entirely fit for the purpose for which they are intended, with minimal faff and fuss - this applies equally to a pair of shooting boots, or a wax jacket, or a tweed suit, or an off-road vehicle or whatever.
So as soon as you've parted with the cash, you start using the hell out of whatever you'd bought and expect it to last a long, long time - another good reason for shoemakers and wax jacket suppliers and the like to provide a good aftercare service to acknowledge that their goods are designed to be patched, resoled, reheeled and so on.
And with all of these goods, they tend to look better and better with age, like a decades-old pair of country brogues or a battered Durham wax jacket. It's very much like the English expression of the Japanese 'wabi-sabi' aesthetic.
(As an aside of vague relevance, those of you who've read the former Tory MP Alan Clark's memoirs might remember his put-down of fellow Tory Michael Heseltine as being someone who had "to buy his own furniture"...)
Now that forums like this have brought these kind of goods to a wider audience they are being picked up by people who don't share the same cultural sensibilities as the aforementioned country types above and naturally, having spent a significant wedge of cash on these goods, they get babied and pampered and so on. I'd never suggest wear and tear on anything for its own sake, but it's good to see stuff being used in its natural habitat like the couple of pairs of Islay's on the last couple of pages...
Very well put. However, I don't see anything inherently wrong about "babying" boots with layers of Saphir. After all, the reason why they are so long lasting is that they are properly cared for – and that they're of a quality worth caring for. The reason why I buy quality footwear is the long life I expect from it (and, well, the looks and comfort too). As my late grandma used to tell me: the most expensive will be the least expensive in the long run. I'm not entirely sure she was right in all aspects, but at least it gives me yet another reason to keep buying quality stuff :)
On a side note: when I went logging in my Islays my girlfriend told me I was crazy to do it "in such expensive boots" – obviously I replied that that was what they were meant for. Luckily she hasn't got a clue about the price range of my EGs, but all the better.