If times get tough, you definitely will want a pair of sturdy work boots. Occasionally you may have to dress up nice, but to buy a new pair of shoes for a one day event or weekly church service might be too much. I never really understood the military's obsession with black leather boots and shoe polish until recently. Although I prefer going barefooted, I have always had a set of good boots for backpacking, hard work etc. I would usually start off just wearing them as church shoes until they looked dingy or my dingy pair wore out. Recently, I bought some Swat Boots. I had not planned to wear them in dirty conditions for a while, but the virus shutdown adversely affected my business. Thankfully a friend hired me to work in his construction business. I had to wear my new boots and was annoyed when I wound up working in mud up to my ankles for a week. I then remembered my time in the Marine Corps, and bought some black kiwi polish. In 30 minutes they were spit shined and actually looked better than new. So I bought another pair, covered them in leather conditioner and black polish, and put them up with my preps. In hard times, I figure that I will have sturdy footwear for any occasion.