I've had the Raptor half sole on my brown 1Ks for about 3 years and they're still going strong despite my shenanigans with these boots. Over the years more than a few of us have done some type of half sole on these boots with great success. There are a few cases where it didn't work well but it seems that issue revolves more around the cobbler than anything else. In general someone who resoles or repairs work boots is where you want to go.
Thanks for your input, Crane's. I appreciate your advice.