I walk a fair bit (at least an hour on a typical workday) and I am really, really hard on my shoes. The only pair of shoes I've had last more than a year of regular use are my Doc Marten combat boots, which I love but just aren't appropriate for every occasion, fashion-wise.
I have a preference for the currently in-style black, lace-up ankle boots which are a little more feminine and that I can wear to work with tights and a dress, ex:
(I know these are all different styles but you get the idea - I like black, ankle to mid-calf height, with laces, flat or modest heel)
I've run through a ton of different pairs of these boots from different brands (never paying more than $100) and they all die after about six months. This is with weather sprays and regular polishing. Sometimes the leather splits or cracks, sometimes the sole separates from the shoe, sometimes the sole itself just wears down too much (and it doesn't make sense to get a cheaper pair of boots resoled).
Instead of being wasteful I'd like to invest in a better pair of shoes that will last me for a long time. What brands make durable boots with a similar look as the pictures above? The typical recommended durable/comfortable brands like Ecco, Dansko, etc. don't have anything like what I'm looking for.