I'll start by saying that I DO cram a lot of stuff into my bag, and that its often heavy . I don't think that's going to change....
At the moment I usually spend about £50-60 on a bag, which fails after about 6 - 9 months. It's always the handles that go, I think probably because they're often not real leather (even if other parts of the bag are).
I'm happy to spend more on a bag, if it's going to last better, but I don't want to shell out £170 if it's going to last the same amount of time!
Any recommendations for a bag that lasts? If you spend more, do you get an immeasurably better quality product? I need a bag with straps long enough to go over my shoulder (just).
I have a Coach bag. Capacious, goes over shoulder, indestructible (still going after 5 years) and looks pristine even though I have used it every single day. They are expensive but there are outlet stores around/sales.