Originally Posted by Morgan
texas_jack - so far, the chromepak soles hold up extremely well on asphalt, concrete, etc. Most of my other shoes (Aldens, Allen-Edmonds) have leather soles as well, and there don't seem to be any problems walking on "modern surfaces." A properly tanned, double leather sole is tough as hell.
The main difference I've noticed is the lack of any heel, but I kind of like it. Without a heel acting as a cushion, I've had to change my stride a bit when trying to dash across the street or otherwise move quickly. I have to land on my forefoot in the same way that I do when wearing Vibram Five Fingers. The lack of any shank in the sole also makes driving in these ring boots really enjoyable - I can feel the clutch much better.
Personally, I like the thick leather uppers, though they are readily available in a softer chromexcel upper with a chromepak sole from both Unionmade Goods
(model #706 - mine are #702).