I'd be happy if I got a year out of my work shoes, I have a hard time getting 6 months out of a pair. Tried multiple brands, either I break the shoe or the shoe breaks my foot. Tryinig a pair of Merrals now, bought yesterday, way to early to tell anything yet. Redwing, Wolverine, Texas Steer, Nike, and New Balance$125 - $25 doesn't matter. Does get frustrating though.