I have a pair of Ferragamo bit loafer 'brown travelling shoes' that are upwards of 15 years old. Have been around the world MANY times and seen a lot of 'front line action' on various construction site inspections. They've been through the streets of New Delhi to the backwater towns around Yellow Mountain in China and nearly everywhere in between.
They've had a few resoles along the way - I don't really know how many.
But the uppers barely even show a crease!
Frankly I'm so sick of looking at them that I wish they would just implode upon themselves!
Fortunately my similar Cole Haan 'black travelling shoes' have finally fallen apart and I've recently sent them to the great shoe store in the sky.
Do THAT with your AE's