My first pair lasted about 2 years. The biggest thing, for me, is that this shoe is just so comfortable. It fits me very well and I have wide feet. The sole is made such that it is nice and springy. I can wear it all day on any surface and I'm comfortable all day. The safety features are made of modern materials, not steel, that meet all standards, so the shoe is very light. The lightness of the shoe, great fit and springiness, together make it very comfortable. As a consumer, this model of safety shoes satisfies me in every respect so I don't see the need to look elsewhere. One less thing to worry about, as the expression goes. In another 18-24 months I'll simply buy another pair of the exact same model.