I occasionally spray my shell indys with leather defender and dont let the weather get to me, but I have either commando sole or a topy on my pairs. If they were just leather sole, I'd be more mindful of the weather
for shoes http://www.containerstore.com/s/closet/shoe-storage/bins-boxes/best-value-case-of-10-our-mens-shoe-box/123d?productId=11004538 for boots I used their sweater boxes http://www.containerstore.com/s/our-sweater-boxes/d?productId=10003228&q=10008761
not at the moment, and I agree. I'm slimming down the collection as it is, so once I'm done I'll most likely incorporate them onto shelves, stacked two high at a time, which will make it easier. I'll be converting a spare bedroom into a walk in so shelving space wont be a concern these containers are nice though a little pricey. you could definitely put a label on the end with a pic or something. The shorter ones have the shoes sitting "right side up" so it's pretty easy...
that's a lasting hole and quite common. I bet if I looked through my aldens (and other manuf boots) I'd see a hole on most pair If that's all you saw wrong with the pair, I'd take the discount they offered and roll with them Edit: Grabbed a couple pair nearby, took the 4th pair to not find a lasting mark