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Shoes you've owned "forever," worn regularly, and still love?

jmeb

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I'm not looking for a single answer or anything of the sort here, I'm just curious about the experience of those of you who have been at this game a lot longer than I...

What are those one pair of shoes that you bought a long time ago (5 years or more?) that are still staples in your regular rotation (worn at least a few times a month) ? They've gone through resoles, maybe recrafting and you enjoy them now as much as when you were lusting after them? The shoes that you would immediately replace with the same/very similar model if something were to happen to them.

This question is coming from the place of someone who has only been wearing stitched footwear for about 2 years now. I've amassed a decent enough base collection through thrifting, ebay, generous SFers and even one pair bought new (Oak Street trenches my better half bought me.) I'm now to a place where I can think about buying a pair or two a year to build up my collection strategically even if it means dropping full price on pricier shoes.
 
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comrade

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Unable to transfer photos of shoes I have for nine and fifteen years respectively.

1803 original Campo Chukka boot purchased about 1999

2 pairs Ludwig Reiter three eyelet derby in suede and water buffalo leather
purchased 2005 in the Amerikaner Last, the only last that fit. Was in Vienna in October
interested in buying more shoes in this last and learned that it was discontinued and only available
on special order at a very high price. I balked.
 
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Marc Voorhees

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I have a pair of Bruno Magli black cap toes that mybuncle boightbin 96, wore once, and gave to me in 2005. since 2005 I have had them resoled three times and they are still my absolute favorite pair of shoes. I think I will have to replace them in the next 5 years and it will break my heart to do so
 

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