I am hard on my shoes. Always have been. This may be something to do with having a difficult to find shoe size - once I find a pair that fit well I wear them to death. There was the pair of jodhpur boots bought in Australia that I wore from the age of eight until they were a size or two too small and I had worn a hole all the way through the sole, or the huge boy's leather schoolshoes that wound up as a soft heap of leather and a worn-through sole, the Mountain Horse boots I've now had for about 12 years, with their replacement footbeds and worn through lining that I still take up the occasional hill or the Birkenstocks I glued back together with epoxy last week to get me through another summer or two.
I walk places. To and from work, around town, down to the beach. And over enough time that wear shoes out. But I noticed a few months after I bought my bicycle that a number of my pairs of shoes were gaining wear in a specific spot:
|It's really obvious on the two pairs of mary janes to the left, but you can also see a dull patch on the 'snakeskin' heels and extensive scuffing on the boots.|