We moved back to Maine from Kentucky in 1999. Before winter set in we made our first pilgrimage down to L. L. Bean in Freeport where my wife bought some winter gear and I bought a pair of L. L. Bean boots.
I had Bean boots before, but got rid of them during our stay in Kentucky.
In 2005 I was back teaching in Alaska, and found the treads on my boots were getting thin. I sent them back to Beans and they put new rubber bottoms on the leather tops for $40. About 2012 I sent the boots back again and Beans put new rubber bottoms on the leather.
Bean boots have soft rubber soles which give you great traction in wet and snowy weather; but with constant use the tread wears thin.
I wear my boots almost every day during the winter, so I put a lot of wear on them.
I figure I can get another year of two use before I zombie them again.
A good pair of L. L. Bean boots can last a life time.