Got a $400 pair of AEs over break for date parties, career fairs and presentations. Wore them last night for first time to event on campus: 20 degrees, sidewalks here are covered in rock salt and there were light flurries (although no real snow on the ground). Now the bottom sole and sole edge of these brand new loafers looks ruined. Is this normal or did I ruin them wearing them in crap conditions? I guess I don't get what you're supposed to do in cold weather locales -- hard salt / salt mixed with light slush is EVERYWHERE for like 3 months straight.