1 pair every year, oh wow do you go through workboots that fast?? Ariat has some kickass looking cowboy boots!! I was ogling them online over the summer (too expensive to ship to me, and just too expensive in general), they look pretty good quality though.
There's actually a few shoe repair shops near me. I guess for older shoes with stitched soles (instead of cemented/glued) people still go to get them resoled and stuff. Nowadays most shoes seem to be glued, seems a better deal to just buy a new pair instead of getting them repaired (not sure if cemented soles can even be resoled). I wish I had stuff from long ago that can be repaired and reworn. It's so much better for the environment.
No, I'm really not that hard on them at my current job. It's 90% driving, but with self unload you want safety toe, waterproof, and non slip. Most of the wear comes from dragging heavy pallets on concrete that ends up wearing the heels. I switched to pull ons because I caught my laces on stuff constantly. It's a little weird walking in them at first, but you get used to it. I actually prefer them now over lace up boots for my job.
I ended up just getting another pair of Ariats that are identical to the ones I already have. Kinda wanted something more plain and a bit cheaper, but all the other ones I tried on didn't pass my slip test. I try sliding around the floor at the store to test the non slip. I guess these are made for oilfield work or something, says oil exploration on the tag whatever that is. But the grip on the bottom is crazy good. I don't want to get out here in the rain dragging a pallet and slip.
Didn't know that about the stitched soles. There's a few boot stores in this area I guess that probably do sole repair and replacement. I wonder if they can get the super grippy non slip soles.