Looking for every-day, unisex walking/office shoes that will last for years - also a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on (in Toronto, Canada).
I need to replace my everyday shoes.
I would like to get a unisex, plain, black shoe with good support and a wide sole (I have ankles that turn easily - I didn't realize that my shoes were part of the problem until I got good pair of Chagos sandals and it stopped entirely). I would also like shoes that are extremely durable, and which would last at least a few years (several years would be better) of hard, everyday use.
My first though was to get a pair of Dr Marten's
. I have heard that the UK-made Dr Marten's are still as durable as they used to be, but $200 is about $100 more than I've ever paid for a pair of shoes, so I thought I would ask Metafilter if there are other options out there that are also as durable and which may be less expensive.
I also wished to double check how durable the Dr Marten's are now (has anyone bought a pair in the last 10 years?), and to ask if there is any difference between the durability of the classic shoe,
this plainer version
, and the original boot
. (Part of me wonders whether I should just get the boots, as they would work better in winter and definitely support my ankles, but then another part of me worries that I'm just channeling my inner 16-year-old who thought combat boots went with everything. Then again, if I'm going for a boot, maybe I should just save $150 and get combat boots - those things really do last).
Finally: where in Toronto I might find a brick-and-mortar store with a large selection of durable shoes to try on?