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shoe leather

noun
  1. leather used to make shoes
  2. save shoe leather to avoid wearing out shoes, as by taking a bus rather than walking
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  • Don't call me that—you, the most despicable liar that ever walked in shoe-leather.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • "They might as well have saved their shoe-leather," said Mrs. Morel.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • To that end he ate the king's victuals and wore the king's shoe-leather.

  • “Such a saving of shoe-leather,” the good little soul argued.

  • Mr. Howbridge is as fine a man as ever stepped in shoe-leather.