Last summer, I purchased a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes and also a pair of Chelsea boots. I love them both. I wore the boots during the colder months and probably 1-2 times a week. Maybe 50-70 times at the most. The elastic is starting to become overstretched in the same spot on each boot. I thought it would be quite durable, but anyhow, I figured I’d get it replaced as it’s not the best looking. After going through customer service for a few days, I finally made it to the recrafting department. They told me that it cannot be replaced...... So, I guess that they are supposed to be disposable. Too bad. The rest of the boots look quite new. They are resolable, so maybe I can have the uppers replaced!