Originally Posted by thekosmicdesign
I'm a newbie but from what I've read here, you should let your shoes rest at least a day in between each wear. It looks to me like you're looking for one shoe to wear day in and day out. I would research more before deciding because I think AE's would wear down quickly with everyday wear.
Any shoe would wear down quickly with everyday wear, not just AEs.
But yeah, OP, you'd want to make sure your shoes have 24 hours to rest (with cedar shoe trees) in between each wear.
Would upping your budget to ~300 dollars be too much? AE has a 2 for 300 deal on factory seconds and closeouts going on currently.
Picking up 2 pairs would mean you can alternate them and in turn, have shoes that'd last you decades (with proper care and recrafting as needed).
If you do so, getting a cobbler to put on a topy or vibram sole would suit your need for shoes that can take a beating from walking on asphalt and pavement all day.