JM, still convinced you are a spy.
'Behind enemy lines' type family history, odd vague reference to exotic Asian adventures, always extremely well dressed, measured, diplomatic tone maintained at all times.
1) Do you know what is causing the creak? Is it your foot moving in the shoe? Sometimes an insole can help with this.2) Looks nice, but maybe a bit short. PoP can draw a line over the crotchal area to show you the right length.