IDIOMS

as ever trod shoe-leather

(archaic, idiomatic) As ever existed or lived.

Example: 1767, ‘Andrew Barton’ (pseudonym; Thomas Forrest or Francis Hopkinson?), The Disappointment, or, The Force of Credulity: A New American Comic-opera, of Two Acts, New York [i.e., Philadelphia, Penn.]: Printed [by John Dunlap?], OCLC 62811750; republished as The Disappointment, or, The Force of Credulity: A New American Comic-opera, in Three Acts, 2nd edition, Philadelphia, Penn.: Printed for and sold by Francis Shallus no. 40, Vine-Street, 1796, OCLC 62830237, page 34:
  As grate a rascal, as ever trod shoe-leather.
1809, E[nos] Bronson [et al.], “On the Marriage Manufactory at Gretna Green”, Select Reviews, and Spirit of the Foreign Magazines, volume I, Philadelphia, Penn.: From the Lorenzo Press of E. Bronson [and sold by various booksellers], OCLC 504243166, page 118:
  As handsome a gentleman, to be sure, as ever trod shoe leather! I wonder that old folks can be so very, very blind!
1825, John Neal, Brother Jonathan: Or, The New Englanders: In Three Volumes, volume II, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood; T[homas] Cadell, OCLC 3593743, page 446:
  "He is a brave Indian, sir." â€“ "Oh â€“ is that all?" â€“ "As brave a man, as ever trod shoe leather." â€“ "Hum!" â€“ "Yes." â€“ "But Indians â€“ do they tread shoe leather?" â€“ "He's very brave, I mean â€“ very." â€“ "Why not say so, then?" â€“ "I do."
1830, Theodore Edward Hook, Maxwell, volume II, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, OCLC 4329310, pages 54–55:
  […] [I]t's his temper as has saved his life; he's the best-temperdest cretur as ever trod shoe leather.
1855 October 6, anonymous [Elizabeth Gaskell], “Half a Life-time Ago”, in Charles Dickens, editor, Household Words: A Weekly Journal, volume XII, number 289, : [Household Words] Office (printed by Bradbury and Evans), OCLC 321293193, page 236:
  I've ne'er heard his name named since I saw him go out of the yard as stout a man as ever trod shoe-leather.
c. 1855, Lyman Beecher, “The Revival”, in Charles Beecher, editor, Autobiography, Correspondence, etc., of Lyman Beecher, D.D., volume II, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, OCLC 1936567, published 1865, page 72:
  It was as finely organized a Church as ever trod shoe-leather.
1865 September 23, “Mrs. Brown and the Emperor of the French”, Fun, : Published (for the proprietors) by Thomas Baker, OCLC 752198897, page 17:
  I'm sure I never shall forget the turn young SIMMONS gave me when he came in with that paper as he'd been and copied out of a winder thro' being in a west-end house, tho' livin' at home with his mother, as steady a woman as ever trod shoe-leather, […]