I got my first pair of "proper shoes" this week - Loake Aldwych in Mahogany. Picked them up from Pediwear before they stopped shipping Loake to Australia (as of 1st Nov), along with some Saphir Renovateur, a horsehair brush and a free shoe horn + polish.
I'm very happy with them, although the leather soles are slippery as hell and Loake advising against fitting a topy to the soles, but I think I'll break my neck if I don't.
I've also got some shoe trees on the way (Charles Tyrwhitt), and should be here next week. What's the consensus on wearing the shoes for a week without trees? Will the damage be reversible once I get the trees in them for the rest of their lives?
You don't really need to get them topy soled, just rough up the leather with a brisk walk. The idea is that the scratches formed in the leather will then provide traction.