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newbie here, so please excuse any breeches of SOP. question - I have a pair of very nice, 10 year old church shoes. Bought just before I went to propose to my wife (on the assumption that I would never be able to afford shoes once married. incorrect, I was then able to buy another pair when my wife announced she was pregnant). I basically rotate 3 pairs of church shoes, all black, all box calf, the newest is 4 years old. My normal office wear is dark pants and oxford shirt, black shoes. When I am with customers I wear dark wool suits and good ties. anyway, I have a heavy crack on the side of one of my shoes. I don't think it can be fixed, but it can be controlled. you only really see it if you are up close. the toe of the other one has a scratch, but that also you can only see if you are very close. they hold a great shine and still look fantastic, but old. I just resoled them recently, so they feel fine on the feet. I can't really afford to go out and replace them. here is the question - do I toss them aside, do I only use them for the office, or do I wear them proudly as shoes that have seen me through my young adulthood, my marriage, and some very intersting times? for your consideration, gentlemen
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I wore an 10-year old Church black "Consuls" yesterday with a crack in them, too. As long as the shoes are well-polished and have adequate heels and soles, IMO, you can wear them indefinitely.Others on this forum speak proudly of 35-year old shoes that I'm sure also have cracks in them. Although there seems to be no reason to replace the Churchs, you'll find similar shoes from Grenson Masterpiece in the threads about Bennies for $150.
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Globe Trotter: You could also inquire about having them recrafted by: 1. Church's 2. Allen Edmonds 3. Shoe Service Plus in Manhattan
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Mr Globetrotter, Pardon me for semi-hijacking thread sir. My question is to Steve B. Mr Steve,  Will A.E. recraft other brands than their own please? I was under the impression A.E. only reworked their own lines? If that is the case, and  I prefer A.E. and Aldens  over Johnston and Murphy...but J.&M. offers recrafting as well if  one of their stores are geographically closer to Mr Gloetrotter. Respectfully,  John G.
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Up until a month ago, my newest shoes were ten years old--I have two pairs of Greens bought in 1984; everything else is somewhere in between. My rule: wear the things until they are no longer functional, which is to say that you ought to consider the environment when choosing your shoe for the day, and that environment consideration should encompass climate, together with the persons you will meet. No matter what, your old Church shoes will be useful in some context for many years to come.... I routinely wear my twenty-year-old suits to business meetings, because only fit, cut, quality, and contruction matter to me. And we both know that fashion passes, while style endures. Regards, Jack
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I routinely wear my twenty-year-old suits to business meetings, because only fit, cut, quality, and contruction matter to me. And we both know that fashion passes, while style endures. Regards, Jack
Jack, How do you gauge wear on a suit as a reason to no longer wear it? (frays, shininess). Or does that aspect not affect you, and you wear the suit regardless?
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John: I've never tried it, but a number of the members have posted that AE will do other shoemakers' shoes.
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Thread Starter 
thanks for the feedback, gentlemen.
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