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Does anyone have any tips about how to buy boots/shoes that can take a reasonable amount of walking? I probably walk maybe 5 miles a day doing various things (having decided not to have a car) every day, and it seems to be getting more and more difficult to buy shoes that are designed to last a reasonable amount of time (6 months ish). What's really annoying is that it's not like they completely wear out, it's a "weakest link" thing: either the soles develop a huge split within a month or so while the "tread" pattern still looks really almost uneroded by walking, or the heel area is actually a hollow latticework of rubber which again collapses even while again the exterior sole is pretty much new looking. No matter what goes wrong, all the other bits of the boot/shoe are still presentable bordering on looking new. I've tried both relatively cheap shoes and relatively expensive walking shoes: the big difference seems to be expensive walking shoes are more comfortable while they last, but still some component fails within a couple of months. I'm starting to feel really a bit guilty that I throw away a pair of boots about every 2 months, but I haven't found any tricks for finding more robust footwear. (My grandfather once mentioned he wore hobnail boots back in the 40s, where you actually had to put metal studs into the exterior sole because otherwise that was the thing that would otherwise go away first. They probably weren't comfortable, but I wish he was still alive so I could ask him more about it.)
I don't suppose anyone has any tips about how they buy shoes/boots that last a while?