I go through sneakers about every eight months. I wear them every day, everywhere. That means a swanky $150 pair of bubbles will last just as long as a $50 pair of closeouts, like the ones I just got:
New shoes make me happy. Cheap new shoes make me very happy. Word.
(I’m brand-loyal to Nike for reasons of comfort and fit, so my secret is watching for closeouts at Eastbay. I particularly like the color options of last year’s model that was intended for high school and college teams.)