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Sun Dec 18, 2016, 12:01 PM

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It seems like there's some interest, but evidently not much.

Well, I'll try to revive this.

First off, footwear, the foundation both literally and figuratively of any man's wardrobe.

Right away I'm going to disregard athletic shoes, flip-flops, and other poorly made footwear that isn't made to last more than a few seasons, which isn't to say there isn't room for those things in a wardrobe, but just that they aren't something you're usually going to devote as much resources.

When it comes to things like boots, dress shoes, and most other casual footwear, the type I look for is genuine leather uppers with goodyear welt construction. Goodyear welt is the most common type of shoe construction which sews the upper to the sole. This type of footwear is both cheap and expensive depending on how you want to look at it. The initial cost of the footwear is going to be more expensive compared to cheaper construction methods, but the outcome is far more durable. It also allows the footwear to be resoled at a far lower cost than replacing the shoe or boot. Since the soles typically wear out far before the uppers, this greatly extends the service life of the footwear. I have shoes that are over 30 years old that are still going strong. That type of service life requires a good initial investment and proper care, but some shoes are literally made to last a lifetime and can possibly last even longer.

The topics of pairing shoes to outfits, shoe care, sizing, and selection is worthy of discussion if anyone has the interest.

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