That’s why I wear Knapp shoes. I mention it for a few reasons; first, because this company went out of business a few years back and I have been wearing my last pair of Knapps on earth for at least 4 or 5 years. This is my dress shoe; more accurately a “uniform shoe” you would more easily recognize on the feet of a beat cop in Boston.
And yes, I said 4 years. They are looking their age but they polish up nicely and I wore the pair before these at my wedding in 1997. They just last (pun intended). I know at least one of my readers has a thing for $800 Italian loafers but I have a serious addiction to my 2359s. Plain-Toe Rocker Bottom Oxford, black, oil resistant. They work in the shop and under a tuxedo equally well. The safety toe doesn’t need steel because the leather is so farking thick cows have hide envy. It doesn’t need steel, but you can get it. The support is so good I can stand on an inch of surface across the arches of my feet and it feels like I’m standing on a solid table. They are more comfortable than my Nikes and I wear them to work, on the trail and in the yard every single day. Only problem: they went out of business.
And now, they’re back.
I didn’t link to their main site because, well, they don’t have my size in production yet and they told me last year I could expect something in January. That, and they aren’t paying me to show how cool their shoes are yet. Harumph. Guys: call me when you have 3 pair of 2359 in 10 1/2 EEE stocked. I’ve logged over 600 Geocaches in my Knapp 2359s. Throw a dog a bone and sew me up some shoes, willya?