Need Work Shoes That Last

I used to be a fan of Hush Puppies, but these days its crap. Be lucky to get 8 months out of them. In the old days they use to last me 2 years. Have 2 pairs that either ungluing itself or with a split/holey sole.

Can anyone recommend ok quality work shoes that will last at least 1 year, maybe 2? I normally try to sick with shoes below $150 range. I went from Florsheim -> Hush Puppies, now need to try something else.

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    Meermin.

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    Save up and get some RM Williams, i have had mine for 5 years and only need to get them resoled every 12-18 months.

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    The longevity of shoes comes down to how you walk, how far, how often and how you maintain said shoes.

    I have found my Florshiems do OK butI only buy them on special, never full price.

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      Before I found Florsheim do be hard kind of leather that would rub against my feet.. plus I have wide feet which normally Hush Puppies were perfect for.

      I think Florsheim kangaroo leather is not too bad, softer.. I havent tried Florsheims in 15 years :P I use to go to the factory outlet in Springvale which has relocated somewhere.

      Quality of materials is a big factor.. Hush Puppies dont last as long as they use to.. Everyone is complaining about ungluing/holes/cracks within 8 months or so.

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      I have two pairs of Florshiems, which I bought because of recommendations on here in older threads like this. Only 6 months in, but seem to be wearing a lot better than others I have had.

      I bought then on special for about $100 a pair.

      They can be a bit stiff to start with, but are fine once you wear them in a bit.

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    Windsor Smiths

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    my Rockports last more than 2 yrs

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    clarks

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    I wear business shirt, black pants, and Oliver high cut boot. Nobody cares and some hardly notice. I get about 3 years out of a pair, that with about 7-8 hours on my feet a day. Only cost about $160, super comfy (well to me they are), and very hard wearing.

    These, https://www.oliver.com.au/boots/45-645_lrg.jpg

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    Ecco/Clarks - but they are more expensive as well.

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      I was really disappointed with Ecco, paid $250 or so for a pair of shoes, burned through them, they didn't want anything to do with them and no one could repair them. Went in the bin.

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    I use RM Williams, Rockports and Hush Puppies, and have to say the RM WIlliams and Rockports fare much better than the Pups.

    I don't wear business shoes anymore though since I work from home…

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    Have had Hush Puppies, Rockports and others

    Dr Martens win hands down - a bit stiff to star with but once you break them in they are great and last forever

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    Brookes, ive had 3 pairs in the last decade.

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    Colorado Adam shoes here, last me a few years

    Looks like the model isn't sold any more though, but very close to these:
    https://www.styletread.com.au/alamein-black-leather.html

    Or these:
    https://www.williamsshoes.com.au/C-COLLINS-Black-383373.aspx

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    Sorry if this is thread jacking, but do you mean you wear the 1 pair 5 days a week?
    I have feet issues so i have 5 pairs, 1 pair per day, this way the shoes have time to air out.

    I spend between $50 to $80 per pair on sale, landed cost- full leather uppers.
    All different brands - country road, Aldo, Rockports, Geox, Hush Puppies, Clarks, KG Kurt Geiger and various others.

    I get about 18-24 months out of each pair of shoes this way.

    I work in an office job - do under half an hour walking all up in a day ( including lunch time break walks around the block )

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      I purchased 2 pairs of Puppies for a 5 day week, and use shoe trees on the shoes day off. Started to notice they were falling apart after 6 months. When I was younger 17 years ago I would of had 1 pair of every Puppies that would have lasted 1.5 years, abused and all.

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      Damn you wear shoes out fast. If you wear a pair of shoes one day a week and you still need to replace them once every 18-24 months you're getting terrible wear out of them, hope the feet issues aren't also causing you pain

      You wear each pair of shoes let's say 50 days a year, the equivalent of 10 work weeks, so you're getting 15-20 weeks out of a pair of shoes if you replace them every 18-24 months

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    I leave my shoes in the office and wear something more comfortable to and from, I get 2 years plus out of my $60 shoes… Plus my feet don't hurt!

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    Doc Martens - I have a pair over 20 years old and still going (only wear them from time to time now, but they were a daily wear for 3 years.)

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      Yeah I researched Doc Martens.. Seems like the ones we get here are made in Thailand and not built like they use to ? Apparently its better to get UK made ones (if they still exist). They are not bad, but I think they have more styles in boot format..

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      Ditto - just can't kill them.

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    I used to love Florsheim as they were really comfy. They would only last 8 months or so as I walk about 5km/day. A work mate recommended Marco Gianni which I wear now. They are a lowish cut boot which are really comfortable. After a few months I've had to replace the heel for $25 but the rest of the boot is still in great shape.

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    What do you mean by wearing out?
    Good quality shoes can be maintained for ever, as long as you look after them.
    I have Barkers, Zegna and Canali that have lasted me over 20 years.
    They all have 'Goodyear welted soles', which means that they can be taken apart and re-built of necessary,
    though all I have done is replaced the rubber stick-on soles that I had applied to them when they were nicely worn in.

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      Mainly split/holes in soles and ungluing of leather from sole within a short time frame. It seems they are made cheaply these days and dont last even one year, alot of ppl have the same issues. https://www.productreview.com.au/p/hush-puppies.html

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        Shoes that are distributed world wide are made to a basic spec' that does not account for the kinds of temperatures we expose them to over here. The glue often fails at high temperature.

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          I think Hush Puppies are licensed, so quality may differ from region to region as well depending on manufacturer. 15 years+ ago I never had issues with the glue for same brand, which is a shame since they use to be my favourite brand

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    Double pluggers

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    I have a pair of Dr Martens 1460s boots, I wear them every day rain hail or shine. They are still going great three years later, but the soles are wearing thin. Just have to use a bit of saddle soap every other week to keep the leather in good nick. They make great work shoes if you get them in a black or brown (I wear my purple ones to work, no one seems to mind).

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