Buying an identical pair of shoes as backup?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by Voyager, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Voyager

    Voyager Starting Member

    Hi all, I need some advice...

    Though I've recently purchased a pair of Alden's 405's, I'm now considering buying a backup pair. The thing is, I won't be getting a backup pair to wear regularly, nor even infrequently, but rather to use it literally as a backup pair, for use only when my current pair wears out.

    My question is, do you suppose that if I buy a pair of 405's now, and not wear them for a few years (treating them with Pecards at least bi-annually) will they still be in 'brand-new' condition when I do come around to wearing them?

    So do you suppose that this regiment will be worth it, giving me a pair of boots in the same condition that I got them in when I decide to use them? Or will the leather decay and shrink regardless, making it better if I just had waited and bought a brand new pair when the time comes?

    Has anybody tried anything similar? Or know of what might happen? Do tell! :)
  2. rgrossicone

    rgrossicone Advanced Member

    My uncle swears by it (my mens wear mentor). he will find a pair of shoes/blazer he loves, and buys 3 or 4 of them (exactly the same). he rotates them everytime he wears them and it makes garment/shoe life last 4 times as long.
  3. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

    United States
    Palm Desert
    Admin Post
    I tend to buy more than one if I like the item. But since we have two homes it's a great excuse!! :icon_smile_big:

    I'd do it, but I'd wear the shoes every once in a while. It's just good to check for mildrew, etc.
  4. M6Classic

    M6Classic Super Member

    As I write this message, I am wearing a pair of Alden cordovans that are more than thirty years old. They have been back to Alden for refurbishment about once every seven or eight years, but otherwise receive nominal care of hemi-semi-annual polishing, at least three or four days rest, and shoe trees. Over time, the shoes just look better and better.

    Are you certain that you are going to wear out your 405s? Good shoes well tended could last nearly your lifetime and improve with age. Are you certain that your tastes will not change over the course of ten or more years? Are you certain that Alden or another company will not offer something you like even more? For instance, you can now get those Indy boots in a variety of shells.

    I for one would be sure of the answers to these questions before I put an additional three hundred bucks into a "back-up" pair.

  5. laufer

    laufer Active Member with Corp. Privileges


    I think it is overkill unless you can get buy one get one free deal or you are madly in love with particular shoes.
  6. rip

    rip Advanced Member

    If my AE Coles are an example, I get around 20 or so years of wear from a pair of shoes (with a couple of recraftings); I can't imagine having the same style of shoe around me for 60-80 years.
  7. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Honors Member

    A couple of thoughts:

    Some folks report that their feet change size dramatically with time. What fits today might not fit 30 years from now.

    You mentioned that you recently bought the Aldens. Did you, by chance, just happen to become interested in good shoes? If so, you -- like so many of us -- might find it an addictive hobby, and ultimately end up with more shoes than you could ever wear out. It happens more quickly than you might think. :)
  8. M6Classic

    M6Classic Super Member

    Yes, do mind those anabolic steroids and those nasty pituitary tumors!

  9. cdcro

    cdcro Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    +1 in two month's I have AE longwings to last a lifetime
  10. morgan

    morgan Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    Great Britain
    Greater London
    My God....'s hard enough putting my spare cash into buying the best I can (or can't) afford. Don't ask me to buy two pairs of C&Js at once!

    More seriously, tastes change with age too. What I like now I might not in a few years' time.

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