Also consider something with a synthetic sole.
Edited by Gdot - 10/14/12 at 4:27pm
1) I have yet to find better-looking dress shoes anywhere for 60 pounds.
2) Sorry for reading incorrectly.
3) I don't walk around in the rain all the time. I spend an average of 5-10 minutes every hour or hour and half walking outside. More often than not, it is raining or drizzling when I am outside for those 5-10 minutes. I read that the shoes would get salt damage if I didn't do something to them. They also got water spots similar to these and I was afraid they would eventually get damaged. If you want me to trod around school campus with OVERSHOES on... no. Seriously.
Dubbin has been working wonders on my dress shoes. They have become a deeper, darker shade of black and shine beautifully - not too much, not too little. Is there really that much evil lurking in that little greasy container?
Okay, thank you for the advice.
One question: what logic is there behind dress shoes' life being more than doubled if there usage is being cut in half? Dress shoes aren't machinery - they are just pieces of leather connected to a sole. Why is "resting" so beneficial to shoes?
Also, you're saying that the shoes could last for years or even decades. So if I rotate two pairs, the uppers will last for two decades?! I really don't plan on keeping my shoe for more than a year or two. It's 60 pounds for goodness sake.
Could someone recommend, then, some good shoes for $100-$200 (staying closer to $100...)?
I think odor, mold, and infections is going a bit too far; I'm not worried about that. Sorry for being foolish, but what is saturating leather? What happens when I "saturate" leather with Dubbin?
I think there's a little misunderstanding; I'm not wading through puddles all day; I'm walking through light to moderate rain which I'm afraid will cause water/salt damage to the shoes. I read that Dubbin was good against water damage, so I started applying it every 1-2 weeks, until I came here and was told not to. Water will never come over the top. My feet don't get wet; that's not the problem.
I have another slightly unrelated issue.
I did kindly ask my fellow forumers to help me search for a new, higher quality dress shoe on the cheaper side of $100-$175 or so.
Is it possible to find a warmer dress shoe? My feet have been freezing all day.
Is shell cordovan warmer than cowhide? Will it keep my feet warm in lower temperatures? I don't mind walking through 0 C for 10 minutes, but when the overall temperature of my indoor surroundings drops my feet become very cold indoors.