I recently picked up my first pair of what I consider quality shoes (Mezlan), and I want to make sure I take better care of them than I have with my previous pairs. Eventualy, I'll be looking at some Alden's, but I want to make sure I can actually keep nice shoes nice before I spend that much money.
On all of my shoes, I tend to wear down the heel. I'm sure it's my gait, as regardless of the fit or style, they wear down consistently. I have to walk outside for about 30 minutes a day. As I live in the Northeast, that means asphalt, concrete, cobblestones, bricks, grates, etc. It also means lots of rain, snow, ice and salt. Furthermore, I confess to actually running at times to catch the bus or train. I'm sure this is murder on the heels of my shoes.
I've searched the site a bit, but didnt see anything about heels. So, a few questions:
1) Apart from not running, what can I do to protect them?
2) Do you recommend any shoe covers for wet weather? I have $20 Totes. But I worry that they're not helpful, or even damaging.
3) If I do want to get my other shoes re-soled, any recommendations on how to find a good cobbler? Or what to ask for to make sure I don't get a hunk of chunky rubber?
Any suggestions would be welcome.