the other day my manager wanted to know how often I was going to replace steal toed shoes for those that work for me. I said "well, my shoes have lasted about 7 years.... but I think 1yr is reasonable"
good old ROCKPORTs waterproof, warn at LEAST every other day for 7 years. a little scuffed, and the sole is starting to wear but are still running strong.
this morning I snapped one of the shoes strings (not the origional) and now I have tow 1/4" strings I'm trying to tie in a bow-tie. I got half the knot. I was proud.