I have a few Aris Allen's and use them for dancing and regular wear. At some point, they do need to be re-soled. They're just not designed for sidewalks and streets. But, I haven't had to do that yet, partly due to procrastination. The velvet on two of mine is completely worn down, and I put those stick-on non-skid things to just protect them until I get to a cobbler. And I asked around here at a few places, and they all quoted about $20 or less.