I'll limit this right now to dress shoes; how long do you consider it acceptable after purchase for the leather on shoes to start scuffing? I never buy the most expensive types of shoes (e.g. $300+) but I don't get the low-price types either (e.g. Payless); it doesn't seem to take very long for the first annoying scuffs to appear (usually starting in the very front) such that I feel like I must keep polishing the pair or at least touch up). I do know it used to be very common for men to have their shoes polished very regularly, such as at a shoeshine, but part of that must have been to get the high gloss. This look doesn't seem to be that popular any more, in most circles. I don't like scuffs in casual shoes, but that seems to be much more acceptable and some of these materials aren't really meant to be shined anyway. I'm wondering if the really expensive leather shoes you guys write about really don't scuff for months if not years, with fairly regular wear. Then, of course, a big question is when is it time to keep shining vs. when to discard and replace. When worth it to get new heels, let alone new soles?