I believe that shoes say a lot about a person. It bothers me when someone’s shoes are constantly scuffed or not taken care of. If you take care of your shoes, they will take care of your feet, and in turn, you will look better. I would even go so far as to say you will look more polished. J
Speaking of taking care of your feet, I also believe that you get what you pay for in terms of shoes. I admit I have purchased shoes at Pay Less (their sizes go up to 13!) but usually get summer sandals and shoes that won’t get a lot of wear and tear. They occasionally have leather shoes so I’ve tried to get those when I can. Normally I shop at Clarks, Nordstrom or online at Zappos. I gravitate toward well-made, comfortable leather shoes. I may pay a little more, but they do last.
So get some shoe shine paste and a soft cloth, and get to work. Your feet will thank you!