So I finally bit the bullet and purchased my first pair of Aldens (PTB, number 8) last weekend in Boston. I wore them out the next morning for about a twenty minute walk and when I came home it looked like the front/tip of my soles were melting as the leather was frayed and protruding somewhat. Although it wasn't raining, it was damp, and I noticed that the new soles had sucked up a lot of water. Lesson learned: never walk about hard streets on new soles that could be getting damp! Otherwise, your soles will be chewed up (and fast!).
So my question is, what do I do now? Sand it smooth with sandpaper and apply edge dressing? Take it to a cobbler? Just ignore it and use as normal? I'm probably just obsessing, but that's what this forum is for, no?