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View Poll Results: what is the most you've ever spent on a pair of shoes ?
Less than $50 4 2.50%
$50 - 100 43 26.88%
$100 - 200 74 46.25%
$200 - 300 17 10.63%
$300 - 400 10 6.25%
$400 - 500 8 5.00%
$500 - 600 1 0.63%
Over $600 3 1.88%
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:58 AM   #21
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Back in days of w*rk, before casual dress, I spent close to (can't remember exactly) between 50-100. That is in 1980's dollars so with inflation, I assume today would be higher.

But today, I go for those comfortable shoes as my first choice (Are you gelling? )
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:40 AM   #22
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I've started jogging this year, and on the advice of some friends, got some nice running-specific shoes, that were about $140. Saucony Cortana 3 or something like that. I had been running in some old beat-up Nike Shox that must be close to 10 years old.

Weird thing happened, though. I'm not in the best shape, so it took me a bit to build up some endurance. Started off, with the old Shox, doing about 5.5 miles, but with more of that being walking than I'd want to admit. I ran about a mile, but then had to stop and rest, and the remainder was a combo of walking and running. Well, the last time I ran in those Shox, I jogged 3.9 miles without stopping at all, and a combo of walk/jog the 3.9 miles back. So, I figured I'd go even further in these nice new running shoes. Nope...right calf started hurting after about 9/10 of a mile. And today, six days later, I STILL feel some pain in it! Wonder if the shoes just need to be broken in, or they're working my leg in a different way from the old beat-up shoes, or what?

I remember the first somewhat-expensive shoes I ever got as a teen. $40 Converse "Star-Tech" leather hi-tops, back in 1984. Adjust for inflation, and that's about $90 today.

As for dress shoes, I haven't had to dress up for work in ages, but I probably paid about $70 or so for a pair back in the early 90's. They're long since gone now. For a situation where I have to dress up, I have a few pairs of boots I can pass off with a suit, without looking like too much of a redneck!
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I started wearing SAS shoes about 25 or 30 years ago. For the time they last they are comparable in price to the cheaper shoes and a lot more comfortable. I would buy a pair of black and a pair of brown for w*rk. They were about $60 back then. The same pair were about $140 when I bought my last two pair about 3 years ago. Now that I am RE, I doubt if I buy any more.
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We shop for shoes at Marshall or the factory outlets. In general, they cost less than $50.
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I pay around $300 for Finn Comfort shoes. The shoes are very comfortable, have good arch support, and fit my wide feet. My feet got to the point a few years ago where they hurt much of the time and I often felt miserable. I haven't had that problem in several years.
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About $325/pair for my two pairs of Allen-Edmonds dress shoes - worth every penny to me...though I don't wear them very often any more.
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Frye boots; $300 several years ago, and worth every penny.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:17 PM   #28
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I spent $300 for my Merrell hiking boots. They are like slippers.
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Probably $125 for Redwing work boots. I did buy a pair of dress shoes on line from an online shoe retailer(hate shopping), they were $350. I wear a 9 1/2, these things said that, but had to be size 12-13. They really wanted for me to exchange them! Asked well if a 9 1/2 is this big, what size should I get? They were happy to return my money after that.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:06 PM   #30
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$400.00 just this past year for a pair of short black leather Mephisto boots.
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Gortex hiking boots - about $170. Other than that, I doubt I ever spent over $70 - generally a lot less.
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Around $150 for a pair of Red Wing steel toe safety boots, but the cost to me was less than $50 due to work subsidy. Numerous other boots (non-safety, hiking, etc) between $75-100. Most dress type shoes around $50-60.
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Ah, I splurged on a pair of custom made, elephant hide boots.... over $1,000.00. Love wearing them. Should last.
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Every 3 to 4 years I end up buying new hiking boots. The last pair gave up the ghost this winter so I spent about $150 on a pair of Danner boots. Hoping that is it for a few years For shoes I am usually in the $50 to $75 range. I am hard to fit, so I seem lately to be restricted to Clark's and Skechers. I usually hit the outlet places and occasionally come up with real goodies ($30 for a pair of Clark's insulated snow boots a couple summers ago, for example).
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95 dollars plus tax on a pair of Merrell barefoot trail running shoes for DH for Christmas. He is a drummer, and was looking for a light weight shoe to feel the pedals, etc. They were on sale! And they fit perfectly! And he loves them! I got major points for this purchase. Totally worth it.
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$620 for custom-made Limmer hiking boots, following the 3 years I spent on his waiting list. I have very hard to fit feet.

They will easily last longer than I will, so it was money well spent.
I think I remember reading an article about him. Isn't he the guy who keeps saying he's going to retire any year now, so people are lining up to get a pair before he retires?
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:30 PM   #37
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Last winter I spent $115 on a pair of Merrell waterproof shoes. Most people get boots but I don't like something over my ankle so I needed to find shoes. They are fantastic!

I bought these to replace waterproof shoes from Lands End that I had for a few years. I loved them but they developed a crack and weren't waterproof anymore. Lands End has a lifetime return policy so I returned them and got a refund of close to $60.

The Merrells are much lighter than the Lands End shoes I had. I never would have found these but my son has a few pairs of Merrells and recommended them.
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I normally purchase two pair of running shoes a year which normally run around $120 a pair, however the last pair I purchased costs just shy of $150. I hope that $150 doesn't become the norm!
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$150 for hiking boots about 2 years ago. Running shoes about $125 every 6 months or so.
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When I first started out in my career at the big law firm in NYC, I bought two pairs of Alden dress shoes - one black, one cordovan. I can't remember precisely, but I think I paid well over $400 per pair. They are still going strong 22 years later, with periodic heel replacements and an occasional re-sole. So I think it was money well spent.
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