Bostonian vs Bass vs Cole Haan vs Florsheim
Which of these are good brands that'll last a couple years? I do a considerable amount of walking every day and take the subway so I need something that'll handle the NYC pavement, i.e. NOT leather soles so please keep your Allen Edmonds, Edward Green, Ferragamo to yourself. No man should spend more on shoes than their wives.
What are the most durable dress shoes for the money?
The Cole Haans have a leather sole but they incorporate a think layer of leather in key areas which add to the durability of the shoe. However, you will probably have to be prepared to resole even the most durable dress shoe if you want it to last long-term. An option is to wear something else for the commute and change into your dress shoes when you get to work.
Hands down, Cole Haans. More comfortable, the leather keeps shape better, leather quality is better, etc. The Cole Haans are leather soled, but they have a thin layer of rubber on them in key sports of the bottom of the shoe, makes a big difference.
Most likely the most important thing to bear in mind is comfort as you'll be wearing these shoes many hours for, hopefully, many years so choose something that feels good on your feet and take care of them. Regardless of what you choose, you will probably have to resole them over the years so be sure to take good care of them if you want them to last.
Everything I own is either J&M or Allen Edmonds at this point.
Never wear them on the street though. Change at the office. Good quality leather will last as long as you take care of it and you can always get them resoled. Buy a couple of good pair of shoes and take care of them.
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