Here's an information request for the forum. It would be useful to compile updated information on good options for nice-looking shoes, say suitable to wear with a sportcoat and tie, that can survive moderately bad weather (rain, puddles, ice, etc.)
I had a decent-looking pair of Salvatore Ferragamo Studio shoes with a vibram sole for this purpose, but they completely came apart after six months. As in, the toebox literally separated from the sole, and I had to limp home with my big toe peeking out of my shoe. This has made me swear off glued shoes (again!) So now I'm looking for something more durable and of better quality.
Is it better to specifically purchase a tough pair of shoes for these conditions, or to sacrifice a decent-but-not-premium pair of regular dress shoes? Older threads on this subject recommended rubber-soled shoes from brands such as RM Williams and Heschung, and Paraboot makes a nice double-monk with a rubber sole (Vigny). Others have recommended Dr. Martens or various chukkas, but it is difficult to find good options there (Dr. Marten Bennett or Caine might be acceptable, but I'm looking for something better). I also have a pair of AE Boston monks that I could sacrifice for this purpose, and I suppose they might do OK topy'd and with a good coat of wax polish to help waterproof the uppers.
Where else should I look? Which of the top brands specifically offer good shoes that will stand this type of wear? I presume this would mainly be British country shoes here, but it is hard to identify good options. Are there any makers that do a particularly good job of this? And what's the extent of degradation likely to be on a weatherized regular shoe like an AE compared to a shoe specifically built for walking in bad weather?
Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.