These are admittedly gear shoes that I would wear for exercise, but I anticipate taking them on vacation next year when I would do a lot of walking. I am not keen on obvious branding, but I like the white soles -- but I don't have Angie's skills and perseverance in keeping white soles white.

Please help me tease out the pros and cons.

Do shoe materials deteriorate while on the shelf? I like to have at least one spare pair since I've worn out a pair's innards in six months. It's occurred to me that I might buy both pairs and save the one until my trip next May, but that's (gulp!) over $350!!! [This model is doctor recommended for stability and comes in a wide width which I need due to the thick Thorlo socks I wear.]