I tend to wear these boots most of the year. I am not a shoe person really but I have quite a few pairs of boots (well, about 6) which are the kind of boots that go on forever. These are Frye Harness 12R boots in black. Once you have worn them in they are so comfortable and wear so well. The more battered they get the better they look. These are about five years old.
When you buy them the best thing is to go a half size to a size down and wear them in at home, first in tights and then in socks. That way they will mould round your foot. If you get them your usual size they are often too big around the heel once you wear them in and then your feet will slip even with thick socks.
I walk about 9km a day so I need footwear I can walk in, that is waterproof, that doesn’t slip in the snow and is not too heavy or too hot. And that don’t click as I walk down corridors. Unlike most people in Sweden at work, I cannot change shoes when I get to work as I am in and out of different places all day.
I am also lucky being 5ft 7in/1.7m that I don’t need height or have problems with too-long trouser legs so I usually wear flat or low shoes.
I never polish or care for my shoes in any way. Or any of my leather items. Funnily enough they usually look good though I never wear anything delicate or that would be ruined if it was rained or snowed on.