I had lunch with a friend today, A, and we were talking about shoes after lunch (while window-shopping. It wasn’t completely random) and she said she hates TOMS shoes. I wear a pair of TOMS almost every day. Of course I get that there are discrepancies about the company’s “good” deeds, and that the shoes are somewhat expensive for what you get, but I like that I’m buying a pair of shoes for someone in a third-world country every time I get a new pair. And I also like the shoes. They’re simple and I think they’re cute and they are SO comfortable. But I have several friends that don’t like the way they look, discrepancies about the company’s mission aside. I said that I worried about buying Eriana a pair of Tiny TOMS because I’d heard that the kids shoes aren’t super durable, and I’ve had all of mine for at least a year.
A asked, though, if they’re worth it for the cost if they don’t last very long, and I was confused. I said that I don’t think I’ve ever had a pair of shoes last much longer than a year if they’re worn regularly. She said she has some shoes she’s had since high school (we graduated in 2000). She asked about sandals (which I don’t wear that often anyway), and I said that I guess I’m pretty hard on shoes. A pair of sandals I bought this summer are already scuffed. ALL of my TOMS are scuffed on the toes. I’m clumsy, and I’m hard on shoes, I guess.
This… isn’t normal? My Keen boots (similar to, but not exactly like the ones linked to) that I bought in 2009 have lasted me a few winters, but I didn’t wear them much the last two years, either (due to swollen pregnancy feet and/or fairly warm winters). I have some dress shoes in REALLY bad shape that I still wore because I’m cheap. I had some flip-flops I bought in 2002 that I finally replaced this spring, but I wore MAYBE once a year (if that). I also have a pair of flip-flops that I only wear to/from pedicures (which I don’t often get) that I’ve had for several years, but bought just for that reason (I was wearing boots on my way to a pedicure and didn’t want to have to wear the papery sandals they give you to wear, so I bought a pair of flimsy sandals for ~$3. I have some shoes in really good condition that I never wear (a pair of silver dressy shoes I’ve worn maybe 3 times in 5 years, a couple of pairs of boots I bought when pregnant and before I stopped wearing heels everyday and have worn maybe twice each in three years, etc.), and I have some shoes in TERRIBLE condition that I just haven’t yet thrown out. The only shoes that are still in good wearing condition that I wear often are workout shoes, and they’re only in good condition because you can wear running shoes for things other than running for much longer than you can wear them to run.
So. How long do YOUR shoes last?