The previous 4 years I've worn through 2 pairs of Brooks Addiction shoes. They're comfortable, provide good support, and can pass as 'business casual' while still wearing like sneakers. Recently my 2nd pair of Addictions were starting to break down and I realized I was only getting 2 years out of them. They cost twice as much as these Air Monarchs, so I decided to give the Nike's a shot. I've only had the Nike's for 2 or 3 weeks now, but I'm very happy - the benefits of support, comfort, and style (plain black, office-appropriate) is on par with the Brooks. If they can make it two years, I'll continue buying them!