Like CDs. And boots. Especially boots. I've been putting off buying a new pair for years now - my old pair have been re-soled thrice, had the toes fixed/reinforced once, and more recently been superglued on several occasions. They're now very, very dead - a finger-sized hole on the underside of one toe, and nothing left to reattach the (still fairly presentable) soles too.
It's funny (and probably very peculiarly goth), but buying boots is much more An Event (and seems more style-defining) than buying trousers, say, or a new top. But maybe that's just because most people own less boots than trousers, so it's a rarer event...? Mmm. Maybe.