laxbrah420 wrote:AE maybe 30 months?
I've got a pair of AE Park Aves and a pair of AE 5th Aves that I've work probably a little less than once a week for the past two years (maybe ~100 wears?). The PAs were brand new, the 5th A's were lightly used, so I have no idea how old they are. With a shoe shine, they both look virtually brand new. I plan on both lasting me another couple of years of regular wear, at which point I'll send them in for recrafting. I have numerous other pairs of AEs and all are in great condition after weekly wear.
If you poke around the internet, you'll find people talking about shoes they've owned for 10, 20, 30 years. The idea that they have to be throwaway items is just flat out wrong. There's a reason people love AE and Alden: it's because they continue to produce great-looking, comfortable, American-made shoes that last a long time.
Again, I'm not trying to say that shoes like these are absolutely essential to the wardrobe of a budding young associate or law student. They're not, and few people are going to really care. But it's just wrong for people to say there's no difference, or that they don't last, or that no one will notice, etc.