On the subject of quality issues:
As I mentioned a while ago, I bought a pair of Chesters a year ago at a discount as they were display models in Debenhams. I've worn them 1 or 2 days a week since and have been very happy, although the leather soles are a tad slippery on damp footpaths. I've taken good care of them(shoe trees, alternating and applying cream etc) and planned on re-soling them in Danite when they fall due. However in the last week or so, I noticed the heel beginning to lift and separate. Given the level of wear, I'm a bit surprised at this and have emailed Lakes for an opinion, quoting the Quality Control Ref on the booklet etc. I'll let ye know the result.