Originally Posted by miurasv
Why not put the ball tips on them? It surely will extend the life of these shoes. I think the OP should get this done by a good shoemaker before he wears them as he will certainly be very disappointed to see the tips of his shoes disappear quickly in a few wears as many double thick sole wearers seem to find. I'm going to get my Church's Graftons tipped as well as my Church's Burwoods that I haven't worn yet even though they may not be as prone to the frontal wear like the Graftons being thinner and I think hader but I don't want to risk it. Please can you let us know what are good shoes in your opinion, Patek? I ask as you have much shoe experience.
I wouldn't say I have "much shoe experience". Last year I purchased A pair of C&J handgrade and even after exchanging them for a smaller size, they do not fit me right. The heels are a little too loose, as is the vamp. I also find the sides of the ankle to come up too high as to bite into my ankle when my feet are at an angle. have had similar problems with Alden that coupled with their ugliness made me return every pair I ever bought. Everyone's feet are different, but I have found the brand and the last that fits me best and feels bespoke on my feet. I really do need to find another OTR shoe that fits me that well or my closest will get pretty boring with only EG 888.