I don't think I've had a favorite "footwear" item before my Birks. They are unbelievably comfortable. I purchased my Nubuck Bostons in July 05 in a dark brown. Now, the nature of my job forecasts dirty conditions for my shoes, and yet I still wore nubuck... weird, I know. (I work behind the concession counter at my movie theatera very grimy place for shoes). They are now FILTHY, beyond repair. I should have known better than to wear them to work, but I needed something to support my feet during my sometimes 12 hours on my feet. I want another pair though! I don't know what material to get them in though. I figure suede will be JUST as hard, if not harder to care for than nubuck, but I fear if I get the plain leather ones, they will loose their visual appeal. Am I crazy? Help! Thanks yall. Sooo what to do... Here are pics of my old, poor birks... :worried: What to get now? Suede? (This one also comes with a high-arch feature, which is good for me) Leather? OR... Antique Peat Leather? (Oiled leather with antique finish.) I want a shoe that will be fabulously easy to take care of. What do y'all think? Also, can you guys think of anything to salvage my poor nubuck birks? Thank you for your help!