You are correct. I think the black one has some form of rubber sole as well. I was mistaken. However I neither need the black nor the suede model (come to think of it, I do. But I want the brown one first!) That is a great help, thank you so much. I have difficult feet and Forest fits me well so I hesitate to order the boot on Robert. But since I live in Switzerland and this is a Swiss supplier I will have the chance to actually try them on!