I will take the shoes to a cobbler and see how it holds up, it's been wet for 48 hours... I fear they have begun to rot. Seems like one of my new classmates doesn't like me.
And I'm truly sorry for the spamming, I'm not familiar with the interface here and the delay that occurs when you press 'submit'. I'm not spamming on purpose! but hey, thanks for pointing that out :)