I've never owned a pair of docs. When I was in High School though I bought a pair of steel toed boots, don't remember what brand off-hand (Wolverine possibly but not sure), from the JC Penny shoe department. I've gone through about a half dozen laces on those boots. They survived 3 summers of golf course maintenance and then 5 1/2 years of trekking through the snow on my college campus. They're still in great condition. Sure they have scuffs on them but there's no holes, the soles are still solid and the grommets are all firmly in place. The only gripe I've had with them is that the foot of the boot is quite uncomfortable unless you have a decent insert in there. If Docs can do everything those boots did AND be comfortable at the same time, I might just be convinced to replace my work boots finally.
Think I may have to get the shoe version. The new "Oxblood Smooth" style looks pretty good.