Those turned out well, very well. I use mine in fairly rough conditions, off road if you will, and the original soles work in my case because of the lugs and traction. Yes they were fairly stiff until broke in and bet yours are very comfortable especially on hard surfaces. Mine have taken a lot of abuse but they always bounce back with a brushing and occasional suede spray.
Thanks Cold Iron, yes they wear much softer on hard surfaces now. For 70 bucks, I now have a pair of shoes I can wear again. Thanks for sharing that picture again...that is the one that made me go looking for the katmai in the first place. Glad to hear they are still going strong!