On a more positve note, my defect-free Bayfields continue to hold up very well in their role as my go-to hard-use boot. By that, I don't mean abuse - but as a hiking / hunting / snow shovelling boot of choice, they see all kinds of wet, mud and dirt. And with good care, they come through all but completely unscathed.
That is very awesome Roger. Glad that you are getting good use out of them and that they are still looking superb.