Sorry guys, didn't mean to take this thread down the rabbit hole... , but I had to respond to what I perceived as a personal attack by mw313 when he stated that the issues with my shoes were "most likely from hitting the shoe with the heel of the other foot, or banging onto something when walking." He has no idea as to who I am, how I wear my shoes or the circumstances surrounding these issues, but felt compelled to make a diagnosis of the problem anyway, lacking any basic facts.
I take great pride in my shoe collection, shoe my trees, treat them with crème and polish on a regular basis, and most of the shoes I have still look box fresh, even though they have been worn frequently (some more than others). I also have a number of hatch grained shoes/boots from various makers (EG, JLP, G. Cleverley and C&J) and have never had an issue with the finishing coming off the shoe like I have had with the St. C. RUS leather. In fact, I have a 12+ year old pair of C&J I use as my Winter beater boots, and they look a far sight better than the RUS leather shoes after only 3 wears. I suppose if you are into the distressed look, this leather may be perfect for you. I however prefer to keep my shoes looking as close to new as possible.
That being said, this is not a slam on St. C's shoes. I have 20+ pairs of St. C's, and this is the only pair I have had an issue with, and it is not an issue with the shoe but rather the leather. They make a fine shoe, and I would recommend them to anyone, but I would advise against the RUS leather... unless you are interested in spending $1,500.00+ for a shoe with a distressed look. I was very disappointed in the leather, and the response from the vendor.
Lastly, my purpose in posting the pics of the shoes and my experience is to inform the community, so you can make an informed decision before you decide to purchase a RUS leather St. C.
Thanks guys, and sorry for the diversion. I will try not to let it happen again.
I'm sorry that it offends you. You know by now that I'm not a person to attack others and never have been. I was just giving advice to others so they can see multiple sides of it. I'm a fanatic with shoe care and just wanted to take the chance to help others who could benefit from the situation. We are all here to help others learn and Share out experiences.
I know you have many great posts and beautiful shoes and I'm not doubting your care skills or walking Ability either. These are just easy ways that problems can occur without people even knowing. Truthfully many people bang the inner side of a shoe with out knowing. It doesn't mean you can't walk right but it is just a normal process.