I realize it may appear that I am fanning the flames, but I do have a genuine, albeit naive, question. How does wear affect balance?
In full disclosure, I'm new to the high-end shoe world and am not even sure what 'balance' means. I did the pencil test on my HAF austerity brogues last night after reading all the posts on the subject. The pencil wouldn't roll more than a cm past the toe. It went a bit further when I removed the shoe tree but not even close to what's shown in the previous pics. I have yet to wear these shoes, however. Hence my question of if/how balance is affected over time.
If higher heel stack is used with HAF sole it won't impact the balance.
Shoes with no toe spring are not properly made as it will change how they wear by a good margin.