1. tom wolfe is awesome. I recently started "look homeward angel". (faulkner knew that wolfe was a genius of the souther gothic style.)
2. i have some shoes, bostonian/clarks...leather dress shoes...they have a sole that extends beyond the shoe...a very slight...but still noticable amount. I like them alot...also..the stitching is not hideous like the "example picture".
i guess my point, is that...there is a way for this to be done right.. but it's hard.