In the past, I've tried Shoes For Crews non slip kitchen shoes. Specifically, I have owned two pairs of Shoes for Crews TWX shoes. They are comfortable enough, but they get absolutely destroyed in a kitchen environment. I got about 3-6 months on each pair.
I've also destroyed a pair of Doc Marten's in the kitchen. You know how the sole says "oil repellent" or whatever? All lies. After a month, the rubber of the sole just cracks and disintegrates.
So what is the answer? Well... back in probably 2002, my father offered to buy me a new pair of kitchen shoes. We went to Oh My Sole in Halifax, and I tried on a bunch of different shoes until I stumbled upon these:
Ecco Track II - The best damn kitchen shoe in the world.
Now here's the part where I turn into advertising copy for Ecco. These shoes are so good, so comfortable, the grip is good, hand stitched in Denmark, blah blah blah. But it's true! For 6 years, these shoes have just been killing it! They are totally the best pair of shoes I've ever owned.
I've known for at least a year that I needed to replace the shoes. I've been nervous for ages that Ecco would discontinue the style. Last week, I saw that Ecco is having a sale at their stores in Vancouver. I went in and HUZZAH they have my favourite shoes available. What's better, they are all leather now- replacing the tops which were nubuck on my old ones. That will help them last even longer.
Yesterday, I (finally) received my tax refund. It's like all the pieces fit together. So today, I went downtown and bought their last pair of Track II's in my size.
I will try to get a good picture of the new ones next to my 6 year old ones today. Heh.