I got my boots quick as you please, opened the packet and... wore them. Since then (actually only not in bed). Back, when the world was bright and good, I owned a pair of… you know, the ones who lost it but look quite similiar to the Solovair boots :-) … I had them for 18 years. My guess: The Solovairs might outlast them. Excelent leather, prime workmanship, very precise sizing ... Nothing could be improved in that field. But alas… I have slim feet, so an extra inlay sole was necessary, which in no way hinders the boot from being among the best I ever owned or wore.