I was thinking about this the other day. With regular wear, say, even once or twice a week, my Clarks give out after about 2-3 years. At 100 a shot, I'm wondering if it's worth buying these again. On the other hand, Red Wing Heritage has some great looking chukkas, and I know those would be a much longer-lasting shoe, maybe even a lifetime shoe. More expensive initial at over $200, but worth it.
I have Red Wing Iron Rangers in "Amber Harness" and they're definitely well made. They look good even when they get dirty and they're easy to clean, and with proper care they can last for ages. I really love the work chukka in "Briar Oil Slick" but I got my Red Wings to withstand the horrible winters where I live, so I didn't want to get anything with a crepe sole that might get jaundiced by dirt and salt. My biggest issue with Clarks is that the suede is too hard to protect. My desert boots look like shit after a year and a half, but I'm feeling the Wallabees more lately anyway. Wu-Tang and Walter White convinced me that it's an ill vibe. Do you know of a good suede protector? I sprayed two coats of "Pedag" on my Wallabee boots but I'm not sure it works that well. The sand is my favourite colour but clearly the hardest to keep clean.
Edited by dreamsburndown - 4/13/14 at 4:03pm