The lifespan of a shoe (how long you can wear it until it needs to be replaced) depends on three factors: the type of shoe, how you wear them, and the quality of the materials. For example, athletic shoes can handle 45-60 hours of heavy athletic activity, while running shoes are designed to handle 500 miles or so. However, men’s leather dress shoes don’t usually experience the same wear and tear that athletic or running shoes do.
Low quality leather, bonded leather, or pleather shoes, can last for at six months with regular use. But what about high quality leather dress shoes? High quality leather can handle up to ten of thousands of flexes unless you they are regularly exposed to moisture, salt, acids, alcohol, and other harsh chemicals. The good news is that if you properly care for your leather shoes, you can increase their lifespan indefinitely.
Check out this infographic from Mezlan to see how you can increase the lifespan of your leather dress shoes.