Hiking boots/shoes are expensive. You want them to last a longtime, don't you?
have a 3 Point strategy to do just that!
1. Wear your best, newest, rock scrambling shoes when doing serious scrambling routes. Ice Box Peak, White Pinnacle Peak, Pine Creek Peak, and Terrace Canyon Peak come to mind. All of these routes are in Red Rock Canyon.
2. After a period of time the soles of those shoes wear down. Here's what you do: Use them for easy hikes, such as: White Rock Springs Peak, Kraft Mtn. etc.
3. When those shoes get really bad, use them for Charleston hikes, Lake Mead hikes or trail hikes. Charleston rock (limestone) is very tough on the sole of shoes.
When your shoes really get trashed (stitching blown out, etc.), throw them in the trash.
So I have three pairs of shoes I use depending on the hike.
Hope this advice saves you money.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV