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15 Shoes That Are Truly Worth You Money (Because They'll Last So Damn Long!)

Shoes people swear by for the long run, including classics like Adidas Stan Smiths and Dr. Martens boots, and more recent standbys like Swedish Hasbeens and Salt Water Sandals.

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1. L.L.Bean Boots will be in for the long haul and can be resoled at a location!!!

Promising review: "My husband has the same boots and he's worn them for 10 years so far. Just took them back to Bean to have them resoled (so they can last another 10 years!). That convinced me to buy myself a pair, wore them through a hurricane and several rainy days so far, and I've only had them for two weeks. They are waterproof and comfortable, I have no problem wearing them all day. Much better than my Hunter rain boots." —hannabeanGet them from L.L.Bean: women's for $129 (seven color combos, sizes 6–11, three widths) and men's for $129 (two color combos, sizes 7–14, three widths).
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Promising review: "My husband has the same boots and he's worn them for 10 years so far. Just took them back to Bean to have them resoled (so they can last another 10 years!). That convinced me to buy myself a pair, wore them through a hurricane and several rainy days so far, and I've only had them for two weeks. They are waterproof and comfortable, I have no problem wearing them all day. Much better than my Hunter rain boots." —hannabean

Get them from L.L.Bean: women's for $129 (seven color combos, sizes 6–11, three widths) and men's for $129 (two color combos, sizes 7–14, three widths).

2. Adidas Pool Slides can make it through everyday tasks and tropical vacays — as long as you remember to bring them back home with you! 🌴

Promising review: "These are my fourth pair. And for good reason. Classic Adidas soccer flip-flop with a punch of summer color. They are great for the beach, boat, walking around town or going to class. I wear them with or without socks and there is nothing bad to say about them. Been wearing them for 20 years. I had one pair that lasted 13 years and I forgot them in Puerto Vallarta 🙃" —Amazon CustomerGet them from Amazon for $24+ (19 colors combos, men's sizes 3–11), Walmart for $26.20+ (various colors, sizes), Jet for $35+ (various colors, sizes), Zappos for $35+ (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $44.95 (two color combos, men's sizes 6–15), or Urban Outfitters for $45 (three color combos, women's sizes 5–10).
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Promising review: "These are my fourth pair. And for good reason. Classic Adidas soccer flip-flop with a punch of summer color. They are great for the beach, boat, walking around town or going to class. I wear them with or without socks and there is nothing bad to say about them. Been wearing them for 20 years. I had one pair that lasted 13 years and I forgot them in Puerto Vallarta 🙃" —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $24+ (19 colors combos, men's sizes 3–11), Walmart for $26.20+ (various colors, sizes), Jet for $35+ (various colors, sizes), Zappos for $35+ (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $44.95 (two color combos, men's sizes 6–15), or Urban Outfitters for $45 (three color combos, women's sizes 5–10).

3. Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars might just be the biggest consensus on washable footwear from dads who are 100% utility/0% style and wildly impractical street style stars.

FYI, you can design your own high tops or low tops on Nike!Promising review: "They've been around forever for a reason. Quality, classic style, comfort. You can't go wrong with a pair of Chuck Taylors. Great for weightlifting/powerlifting. Thin sole is good for deadlifting." —Joseph P. NicholsonInto high tops? Get them Amazon for $32.90+ (eight color combos, men's sizes 3.5–17), Walmart for $35.07+ (various colors, sizes), Jet for $48.76+ (20 color combos, various sizes), Zappos for $54.99 (eight color combos, men's sizes 3–17), or Nike for $55 (seven color combos, sizes 3–15).Into low tops? Get them from Amazon for $32+ (nine color combos, men's sizes 3.5–12), Walmart for $34.95+ (various colors, sizes), Zappos for $49.99 (eight color combos, men's sizes 3–18), Nike for $50 (seven color combos, men's sizes 3–13), or Jet for $55 (13 color combos, men's sizes 3–16).And check out our picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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FYI, you can design your own high tops or low tops on Nike!

Promising review: "They've been around forever for a reason. Quality, classic style, comfort. You can't go wrong with a pair of Chuck Taylors. Great for weightlifting/powerlifting. Thin sole is good for deadlifting." —Joseph P. Nicholson

Into high tops? Get them Amazon for $32.90+ (eight color combos, men's sizes 3.5–17), Walmart for $35.07+ (various colors, sizes), Jet for $48.76+ (20 color combos, various sizes), Zappos for $54.99 (eight color combos, men's sizes 3–17), or Nike for $55 (seven color combos, sizes 3–15).

Into low tops? Get them from Amazon for $32+ (nine color combos, men's sizes 3.5–12), Walmart for $34.95+ (various colors, sizes), Zappos for $49.99 (eight color combos, men's sizes 3–18), Nike for $50 (seven color combos, men's sizes 3–13), or Jet for $55 (13 color combos, men's sizes 3–16).

And check out our picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

4. Hunter Rain Boots are meant to stand the test of time through all kinds of tasks, like stomping to class in rainy weather, trudging through muddy fields, y'know.

Promising review: "I've been wearing boots like these for many years, a pair originally owned by my mother and handed down to me. This new pair is exactly like the previous pair which lasted for over 30 years!" —Linda G.Get them from Amazon for $79.99+ (24 colors, sizes 5–11), Urban Outfitters for $150 (two colors, sizes 5–10), or Zappos for $150 (10 glossy colors, sizes 5–11).
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Promising review: "I've been wearing boots like these for many years, a pair originally owned by my mother and handed down to me. This new pair is exactly like the previous pair which lasted for over 30 years!" —Linda G.

Get them from Amazon for $79.99+ (24 colors, sizes 5–11), Urban Outfitters for $150 (two colors, sizes 5–10), or Zappos for $150 (10 glossy colors, sizes 5–11).

5. Teva Universal Sandals give your toes some wiggle room as you scramble around on rocky terrain or across a city crosswalk when you're about to lose the light.

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Promising review: "These Tevas have the same wonderful qualities I have grown to expect from ALL Tevas. They are easy to put on and take off and I wear them every day to walk my dog in the summer for two miles per day. Believe me, they are comfy. You can adjust the strap on top and behind your heel, so if something doesn't feel right, you just keep adjusting. My last pair of Tevas lasted EIGHT YEARS!!!! I was sad to see them go, but ordered the same style again and just put them IMMEDIATELY on and walked my dog. NO breaking in!!" —NJ Reader

Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (21 color combos, women's sizes 5–11), Jet for $38.73+ (three color combos, men's sizes 11–14), Nordstrom for $49.95 (four color combos, women's sizes 5–11), or Urban Outfitters for $60 (black, sizes 6–10).

6. Dr. Martens Combat Boots will make it through all sorts of tough situations once you've earned your street cred breaking them in!

Promising review: "My daughter's such a fan of these she has four pairs (hot pink, turquoise, red, black). She's worn them extensively at work where she's constantly on her feet, and doesn't end up in pain. They seem to last forever, given that the black pair's a hand-me-down from me, which I bought years ago and they're still going strong. She'd buy several more pairs if budget allowed. They aren't cheap, but are worth the money because of the durability and versatility, being able to wear them with a lot of different outfits. Also, as long as they've been around (and popular), I don't know if they'll ever go out of style. A good buy if you're at all a fan of boots in this design. A note on sizing: for her, they run a little large. Her shoe size is 8.5. In these, 8." —Kindle CustomerGet them from Amazon for $73+ (27 color combos, men's sizes 4–13), Jet for $139.95+ (seven color combos, sizes 3–13), or Zappos for $169.95 (sizes men's 9–14).
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Promising review: "My daughter's such a fan of these she has four pairs (hot pink, turquoise, red, black). She's worn them extensively at work where she's constantly on her feet, and doesn't end up in pain. They seem to last forever, given that the black pair's a hand-me-down from me, which I bought years ago and they're still going strong. She'd buy several more pairs if budget allowed. They aren't cheap, but are worth the money because of the durability and versatility, being able to wear them with a lot of different outfits. Also, as long as they've been around (and popular), I don't know if they'll ever go out of style. A good buy if you're at all a fan of boots in this design. A note on sizing: for her, they run a little large. Her shoe size is 8.5. In these, 8." —Kindle Customer

Get them from Amazon for $73+ (27 color combos, men's sizes 4–13), Jet for $139.95+ (seven color combos, sizes 3–13), or Zappos for $169.95 (sizes men's 9–14).

7. Sebago Docksides are fit for a day at the beach or going full summer in your footwear choices without making everyone stare at your toes.

Promising review: "During the past 20 years, this is my fifth time buying the Sebago Docksides. It is one of the best shoes ever." —Alpha TRAOREGet them from Amazon for $40.77+ (23 color combos, various sizes), Jet for $69.95+ (five color combos, men's sizes 7.5–13), or Zappos for $85.99+ (various colors, sizes).
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Promising review: "During the past 20 years, this is my fifth time buying the Sebago Docksides. It is one of the best shoes ever." —Alpha TRAORE

Get them from Amazon for $40.77+ (23 color combos, various sizes), Jet for $69.95+ (five color combos, men's sizes 7.5–13), or Zappos for $85.99+ (various colors, sizes).

8. Frye Engineer Boots (in a variety of styles!) toughen up basically any outfit for years and years.

Promising review: "Perfect, as all four pairs of Frye boots I own are. For anyone new to the brand, you will need to break them in and it may be a struggle to get them on at first but, you will be rewarded with the best fitting, longest lasting boots ever. These boots especially have a wonderful, almost velvet-like, leather. And you cannot beat that price (I expect to throw down $300 on most Frye boots). Mine were genuine, stamped on the inside as usual. They also shipped Prime. So happy." —Gina N.Get the Veronica Engineer (shown) from Amazon for $141.21+ (eight colors, women's sizes 5.5–11), Jenna Engineer from Amazon for $147.60+ (three colors, women's sizes 5.5–11), Natalie Engineer from Nordstrom for $249.90 (two colors, women's sizes 5.5–10), or the Engineer 12R from Zappos for $278 (three colors, women's sizes 5.5–11).
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Promising review: "Perfect, as all four pairs of Frye boots I own are. For anyone new to the brand, you will need to break them in and it may be a struggle to get them on at first but, you will be rewarded with the best fitting, longest lasting boots ever. These boots especially have a wonderful, almost velvet-like, leather. And you cannot beat that price (I expect to throw down $300 on most Frye boots). Mine were genuine, stamped on the inside as usual. They also shipped Prime. So happy." —Gina N.

Get the Veronica Engineer (shown) from Amazon for $141.21+ (eight colors, women's sizes 5.5–11), Jenna Engineer from Amazon for $147.60+ (three colors, women's sizes 5.5–11), Natalie Engineer from Nordstrom for $249.90 (two colors, women's sizes 5.5–10), or the Engineer 12R from Zappos for $278 (three colors, women's sizes 5.5–11).

9. Leather Birkenstock Arizona Sandals deliver a look ~molded~ to your ever-evolving style in a range of strap materials and colorways.

Promising review: "Love my Birkenstocks! This is the fifth pair I own. Have lots of colors. They last forever! If you've never bought Birkenstocks, buy one size smaller than you normally wear. And I highly recommend the soft footbed, you can walk all day in these shoes and never feel tired feet. and these shoes are super comfy straight out of the box! No uncomfortable 'wearing them in.'" —DrLoraGet them from Jet for $99.95 (17 color combos, various sizes), Zappos for $99.95 (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $99.95+ (various colors, sizes), or Amazon for $120+ (23 color combos, various sizes).
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Promising review: "Love my Birkenstocks! This is the fifth pair I own. Have lots of colors. They last forever! If you've never bought Birkenstocks, buy one size smaller than you normally wear. And I highly recommend the soft footbed, you can walk all day in these shoes and never feel tired feet. and these shoes are super comfy straight out of the box! No uncomfortable 'wearing them in.'" —DrLora

Get them from Jet for $99.95 (17 color combos, various sizes), Zappos for $99.95 (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $99.95+ (various colors, sizes), or Amazon for $120+ (23 color combos, various sizes).

10. New Balance 574s for that classic dad look with insane comfort, which explains exactly why dads have been opting for them for decades.

Promising review: "These are some slick looking, super comfortable kicks! Full disclosure: New Balance is my sneaker brand of choice almost exclusively, but it is because, over the years, I've had many shoes from them just like these ones and have come to appreciate their stylish, comfortable, and versatile footwear. I am in no way affiliated with the company. Couldn't be more pleased with the shoes and given the price paid for this specific size/color, they're a total, 5-star win. Highly recommend!" —NSBGet them from Amazon for $27.99+ (15 color combos, sizes 6.5-18) or Zappos for $79.95 (various colors, sizes).Still looking for your perfect sneaks? Check out our picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "These are some slick looking, super comfortable kicks! Full disclosure: New Balance is my sneaker brand of choice almost exclusively, but it is because, over the years, I've had many shoes from them just like these ones and have come to appreciate their stylish, comfortable, and versatile footwear. I am in no way affiliated with the company. Couldn't be more pleased with the shoes and given the price paid for this specific size/color, they're a total, 5-star win. Highly recommend!" —NSB

Get them from Amazon for $27.99+ (15 color combos, sizes 6.5-18) or Zappos for $79.95 (various colors, sizes).

Still looking for your perfect sneaks? Check out our picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

11. Swedish Hasbeens for satisfying your '70s clog yearnings without having to dig through your parents' attic.

Promising review: "Love Hasbeens. They are expensive, but they last forever and are super cute." —Anna mclainGet them from Amazon for $62.38+, Free People for $229.95+, or Urban Outfitters for $239 (various colors, sizes).
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Promising review: "Love Hasbeens. They are expensive, but they last forever and are super cute." —Anna mclain

Get them from Amazon for $62.38+, Free People for $229.95+, or Urban Outfitters for $239 (various colors, sizes).

12. Adidas Stan Smiths can go with just about anything and anyone's personal style!

Promising review: "Have been a longtime Adidas wearer, and was looking for a shoe to replace my shell toes. These fit the bill nicely, and are very comfortable. With my last couple of pairs I tend to wear out the inside before the outside. These look great, aren't full grain leather but you are getting shoes for $70 so you can't expect them to last forever. My last pair was good for six years before they were retired!" —PatrickRead a BuzzFeeder's review on these classics. Get them from Amazon for $19.98 (various colors, sizes), Zappos for $75 (two color combos, men's sizes 4–14), or Adidas for $75 (five color combos, men's sizes 4.5–20).
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Promising review: "Have been a longtime Adidas wearer, and was looking for a shoe to replace my shell toes. These fit the bill nicely, and are very comfortable. With my last couple of pairs I tend to wear out the inside before the outside. These look great, aren't full grain leather but you are getting shoes for $70 so you can't expect them to last forever. My last pair was good for six years before they were retired!" —Patrick

Read a BuzzFeeder's review on these classics.

Get them from Amazon for $19.98 (various colors, sizes), Zappos for $75 (two color combos, men's sizes 4–14), or Adidas for $75 (five color combos, men's sizes 4.5–20).

13. Salt Water Sandals will easily clean up and keep your family's old dogs feeling like young pups.

Promising review: "We love Salt Waters!!! We have several children and these shoes last forever. They wear well, they're cute, they're comfortable, and they wash easily. I cannot say enough good about these sandals. The only thing our family has not liked about them is there's not much traction on the bottom, which make them not good for climbing! But, I don't think that's what they were made to do, so I don't view it as a complaint but a word of wisdom. Not for rock climbing." —Jared WeichertGet them from Amazon for $19.52+ (various colors, adult and kid's sizes), Jet for $37.16+ (various colors, kid's sizes), Zappos for $37.95+ (various colors, kid's sizes), Nordstrom for $37.95+ (various colors, kid's sizes), or ModCloth for $45 (five colors, women's UK sizes 4–9).
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Promising review: "We love Salt Waters!!! We have several children and these shoes last forever. They wear well, they're cute, they're comfortable, and they wash easily. I cannot say enough good about these sandals. The only thing our family has not liked about them is there's not much traction on the bottom, which make them not good for climbing! But, I don't think that's what they were made to do, so I don't view it as a complaint but a word of wisdom. Not for rock climbing." —Jared Weichert

Get them from Amazon for $19.52+ (various colors, adult and kid's sizes), Jet for $37.16+ (various colors, kid's sizes), Zappos for $37.95+ (various colors, kid's sizes), Nordstrom for $37.95+ (various colors, kid's sizes), or ModCloth for $45 (five colors, women's UK sizes 4–9).

14. Vans Classic Slip-Ons for some thicc soles in a variety of color combos to satisfy your footwear needs.

The Vans slipons I bought a decade ago are still going strong and my mom wears them around the house. FYI, you can get ~creative~ in the Vans custom shop!Promising review: "I wore my last pair out after a dozen years. These are a replacement pair. I've always had a pair of checkered Vans in my life." —D Lo IndustriesGet them from Amazon for $22.74+ (various colors, sizes), Jet for $49.70 (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $49.95 (five color combos, men's sizes 7–13), Zappos for $49.95 (10 color combos, men's sizes 3.5–16), Urban Outfitters for $50 (various colors, sizes), or Vans for $50 (various colors, sizes).Also check out our picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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The Vans slipons I bought a decade ago are still going strong and my mom wears them around the house. FYI, you can get ~creative~ in the Vans custom shop!

Promising review: "I wore my last pair out after a dozen years. These are a replacement pair. I've always had a pair of checkered Vans in my life." —D Lo Industries

Get them from Amazon for $22.74+ (various colors, sizes), Jet for $49.70 (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $49.95 (five color combos, men's sizes 7–13), Zappos for $49.95 (10 color combos, men's sizes 3.5–16), Urban Outfitters for $50 (various colors, sizes), or Vans for $50 (various colors, sizes).

Also check out our picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

15. Rainbow Sandals for versatile leather flip-flops that can take all kinds of hard knocks and will fit like a glove once you break them in.

Promising review: "Everyone knows Rainbow sandals. I'm just glad to have them again. I had one pair years ago and they lasted FOREVER. I would still have my old ones but my mom started wearing them in the garden and doing 'garden' stuff and yeah, they're pretty beat up. These provide so much comfort. I am flat footed so the arch support is not necessary, however, I never buy any footwear that has a high arch because it bothers my feet, but with these, I really don't care. These do need to be broken in though, but if I remember correctly, once broken in, they're like molded to the contours of your feet and they feel great. They're still surprisingly comfortable and they have so much cushion. Never leaving Rainbow again." —iamthaotGet them from Amazon for $41.83+ (10 color combos, various sizes), Rainbow Sandals for $44 (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $53.95 (various colors, sizes), or Pacsun for $53.95 (various colors, sizes).
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Promising review: "Everyone knows Rainbow sandals. I'm just glad to have them again. I had one pair years ago and they lasted FOREVER. I would still have my old ones but my mom started wearing them in the garden and doing 'garden' stuff and yeah, they're pretty beat up. These provide so much comfort. I am flat footed so the arch support is not necessary, however, I never buy any footwear that has a high arch because it bothers my feet, but with these, I really don't care. These do need to be broken in though, but if I remember correctly, once broken in, they're like molded to the contours of your feet and they feel great. They're still surprisingly comfortable and they have so much cushion. Never leaving Rainbow again." —iamthaot

Get them from Amazon for $41.83+ (10 color combos, various sizes), Rainbow Sandals for $44 (various colors, sizes), Nordstrom for $53.95 (various colors, sizes), or Pacsun for $53.95 (various colors, sizes).

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