I buy a standard pair of leather dress shoes from Aldo annually for work attire. They usually cost between $70 and $100 and last me eight to ten months, and if put extra care into them, one year. Areas with the most extreme wear damage are always the soles (duh) (become slippery), especially the outer heel, and the inner ball (leather tears away from rubber sole). With shoes in this price range, their durability is no surprise - I take half hour walks every weekday after lunch in my feeble attempts to keep the calories from my waist.
It's new work shoes time again and I'm off to hunt for a new pair, armed with this piece of new advice: Buy two pairs, as shoes need "time off" and will last longer as a result.
Aside from this, I know that I get what I pay for, and am therefore looking for recommendations for shoe brands and/or stores I should investigate further. In this area, I care almost nothing about brand names and am looking merely for style, comfort and durability. I'm more than willing to shell out more than what I currently spend on shoes as long as I'm confident the shoes, with proper care, will last longer than the ones I currently buy. I find that shoe salespeople in popular chain retail outlets are lacking in sales skills and/or product knowledge, and might as well be selling leaf blowers.
My style preference is simple and I usually look for something that is neither cowboy-boot pointy or I'm-still-stuck-in-the-mid-90s-backstreet-boy square toe:
The advice and recommendations I value most are from those with personal experience
PS - I bought a pair of Steve Madden loafers a year ago on sale for about $140 - love 'em.