my two pairs of ecco shoes lasted less than a year. The rubber soles cracked on one. The leather on the second pair looked so winkled that I just threw away the shoes. A new pair of rockport will look just as nice and shinely as a pair of alden. The difference is a pair of alden will hold up well after week, one year, five years and possibility one decade. My coworker asked me the other day how to fix a scratch mark on a new pair of Johnson Murphy that he recently brough. I was about give him my shoe polish and brush to fix it until I realize the leather on his shoes is literally as thin as a piece of sticker. I then told him that brushing the leather would probably make it worse.