We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Good affordable lifetime shoes for formal, dress-casual, and other. Impossible to wear 'em out, because they will refurbish them for you at their factory regardless of their condition. Fine old shoes with some sign of age and use are cool, trustworthy. Wear your good shoes all the time and you will never go wrong.
I do not wish to be judged by my tires, but I am told that people sort-of do, sometimes. Sheesh. Well, it might be preferable to judging me by the content of my character...
A friend recently told me that he dragged a junior associate to the Alden place in NYC before an important business meeting. Threw the associate's shoes in the trash, and bought him an appropriate new pair. Job training. First impressions matter, rightly or wrongly. If you're a genius, maybe not - but even Einstein deliberately cultivated his wacky flair to attract girls.
If you are an outdoorsman you need to take a look at Russell boots. Hand made. Custom made. Send them your measurements (or see them at Safari Club in Las Vegas, or better yet, visit their shop in Berlin, Wisconsin, and they will take the measurements for you), select your style, construction, leather, color, soles, etc. Pay them a modest amount of money (quality isn't cheap) and wait a few months. Their moccasin style construction cradles your feet. The best I have found. I have their Bird Shooters and Traveling Sportsman boots... Hope to never be without.
I may get thrown off Maggie's Farm for this, but son, most of the pickups I've owned over the past 40+ years have cost less than a pair of those leisure Alden shoes. Hahahaha--I've bought a couple houses and one business with down payments less than that!
Alden shoes are my favorite American-made shoe, but the last time I was in their NYC store, I was very disappointed by the salesman I dealt with, who seemed quite the hustler. But I've had very good luck in their San Francisco store, and ordering them from Ben Silver. The quality of the shoe is excellent; Google around and you can find some offbeat designs they make in small runs for select stores, such as Union Made in San Francisco.