Originally Posted by mikej77
With that said, they are shoes.
Very, very true.
I've seen posts from people worried about damage to their shoes if they have to walk 100 feet in a light rain. If they have to wear the same pair two days in a row while out-of-town on business. If a shoe - gasp! - gets lightly scuffed. Concerned about the sole developing signs of wear if the shoe is worn while walking on a concrete sidewalk. About whether they should fasten shoelaces very loosely, so as to avoid "damaging" the shoe.
They're shoes. They're meant to be worn while engaged in normal activity. They will develop signs of wear, because they will be worn. That's their purpose. The role they are intended to play. No, don't go out of your way to abuse them, and yes, provide reasonable care in maintaining them (cleaning and some shoe creme now and then), but don't turn a shoe into a fetish.
They're not Fabergé eggs. They're not meant to be kept on display, behind glass, pristine, so that they can be admired as delicate works of art.
My car cost far, far more than any pair of shoes I've ever owned, or likely than anyone contributing to this conversation will ever own. I drive it in the rain. I drive it on occasionally rough pavement. Birds have been known to poop on it, and many bugs have smashed into it at relative speeds in excess of a mile per minute. Passengers have worn their street shoes into it. I have handled the steering wheel without first pulling on a pair of clean gloves.
All of which is fine, because it's something I purchased primarily for purposes of transportation, and not primarily as an object to be venerated for its untouched perfection. Sure, I try not to abuse it, and I provide my car with reasonable care and maintenance, but after 4 years and 57,000 miles of driving it, it is no longer utterly identical in every way to how it looked at the moment it came off the assembly line. Any sort of inspection would show signs of use.
Most people here can, I think, accept this with regard to an automobile. But for some reason, a certain percentage of people have greater difficulty accepting it with regard to the enormously less expensive and far more easily replaced pair of shoes.