Aargh! The Oscar last looks to be too roomy for me, and York soles don't have as much traction as Dainite.
Edited by Asian Afro - 1/11/13 at 10:49am
I love the York soles...I haven't had any Dainite soles from Carmina (I heard they're much better than most), but the combo York is super comfortable and provides great traction. The "Dainite" soles on my Loake Pimlicos are hard and have worn down rather quickly and aren't near as comfortable as the York. Unless I was walking in sh*tty weather ALL the time with a lot of snow/rough terrain, I'd choose the York over Dainite any day. However, for a boot I can understand the usefulness of the Dainite soles.
^ I should also add that because it's a boot, slightly too large is not nearly as large an issue in terms of fit as it would be for a shoe. Forest in UK 8 fits me perfectly, but I very happily wear an Oscar in UK 8.5, with literally no issues. It could also be that sizing down half a size would fit you, but I don't know your feet.
Thanks for the PSA aj_del. I stopped by last week and it looked like slim pickins though they weren't yet on sale. Had the string loafer been in suede or had the semi brogue been in a lighter suede I would have snap bought. If the shell boot ever goes on sale I think SF is gonna gobble it up in no time. $480 after 30% discount and vat removed isn't too shabby IMO.