Originally Posted by mcarthur
the hole in your assumption is that if shoes are properly taken care of, they should look like they just came out of the box.
these wt maybe older then you
I was waiting for someone to argue that point. What you say is correct to a degree, and I am in no way advocating neglect of shoes. However, shoes age just like everything else and the beauty of high quality shoes is that the older they get, the more character they have. The phrase frequently found in these forums is that "they get better with age." If this is true (and I believe that it is), then the notion that they should look like they just came out of the box contradicts this. Using your logic, new shoes and aged shoes that have had impeccable care should look nearly similar. If they look better with age, then what is it that looks better about them if they look like they just came out of the box? Your shoes look fantastic, but I can't say if they are older than me unless you tell me how old they are. Without that vital piece of information your comment sounds more like a condescending pat on the head. I'm not offended here, so please don't misunderstand me. Shoe character is a subjective topic.