Exactly. If you buy a $500 pair of shoes that last you 10 years, that's $50 a year to wear a great pair of shoes year in and year out. Alternatively, you could spend the same amount (or more) every year on crappy shoes and wear a crappy pair of shoes year in and year out. Hold on there. Common Projects are 300$ and I don't think they'll last 10 years. Sneakers is different, you can/should beat them up and not care about them. I think you're talking about dress shoes.