I rarely have shoes that wear out -in fact I have had my Doc Martens for 23 years now and the soles do not even need fixing.
I often have them re-soled and I often buy new shoes as cannot resist them.
So probably because I have about 20 for each season, they do not wear out, and yes, I do sometimes buy shoes just because they are a new fashions and I really like them.
Docs last for ages! I have a pair I wore for about 12 years and did a lot of walking in (backpacking holiday and to and from work every day etc.) and they're just needing replacing now because they leak and the leather is wearing out. I got another pair exactly the same.
I always buy very good quality shoes so they do last a long time.I have to wear very comfortable shoes as I have bad joint,muscle and nerve problems which all cause severe pain. I have always believed that if my feet hurt,then so does the rest of me.
I have been enjoying the comfort of Ortha-heels which are made by Scholl,for the past 4 years.Oh!! how they truly help me stay sane!! I even managed to get a pair of Fluffy Thongs style ones for inside in winter!! Fuschia pink and soooo madly comfortable!!I even wore them to go shopping one day ,as I forgot to change them!!! What a laugh and lot of smiles I caused that day!!
I far prefer the Orthaheels!! It was my rheumatologist who suggested I check them out at the Pharmacy,and then I also found some at Athlete's Foot on special! So I have been very fortunate with getting them at great prices.
Do people just throw out shoes that aren't worn out? Huh. That's not something I would ever do. At worst if they weren't comfortable, didn't fit me or I just didn't wear them much any more I would give them to charity. I tend to have a couple of pairs that I wear until they fall apart.
I don't buy shoes because they are fashionable or trendy so I don't need to throw them out when the winds of fashion change! Much more sensible and economical I think. My shoes rarely wear out as I look after them and have them repaired so they last a long time.
As I reached my shoe 'social' high point years' ago, I no longer buy shoes as have over-supply for my current needs!
I have a cull to do, at which time, those I no longer wear, or just plain don't want anymore, will go to Lifeline. My shoes are always kept in their boxes, so they in excellent condition.
My oldest pair are 'black sparkly' evening shoes, which I bought in 1969, for the huge sum of $19.95, when my wage was $35.90 gross a week! My daughter now wears them!
My second oldest pair, 35 yo, which I wear as a 'dress shoe' is my much loved pair of Tan, R.M. Williams' low-heeled boot. The're just soooo comfy, & look fabulous with my jeans! I've also a black pair low-heeled & Cuban heeled black pair. All these three are 'dress' wear.
I've separate Riding Boots, as they tend to get messy for many reasons' around horses'!