That sucks. I have 1 pair that gets welts, my AE Bradley NSTs. I just try not to wear them when I think it's going to rain. I need to check into this more - thanks. I do not agree (no surprise there, probably since I now own 4 pair of them in shell). Of course, I don't mind blobby, in fact I prefer it to long, squared or "soft squared" toes. For those interested, here is the "supplemental 2012" AE catalog I was referencing.
9/19/12 at 7:24am