Thanks very much for your friendly and kind review. I did notice the thinner sole of the Wiltons and guessed from the numerous colors that this must be a popular model for maximum slipper feel. Why can't a rubber sole be glued on the thin sole and heel to protect it from wear and water? What you describe of the classic flat strap's leather being treated so it looks like plastic fits perfectly to a Jodhpur boot made by A. Sargent I bought from Shipton & Heneage. The leather was not calf, and treated with a chemical. Ugly! I'm afraid I don't understand your sentence beginning classic and ending Walden. I didn't recognize from the photo on the Bass website that Smooth Brown Turner is pebble grain, which saddens me, because I felt Smooth Brown looked good. Do you mean Smooth Black of another model is also pebbled? If I walk down a pebbled street, I wouldn't call it smooth. My observation is Smooth Black and Smooth Brown look unpolished, like that automobile paint that doesn't reflect, and indoor house paint without shine. I don't know why Bass uses Smooth. I should have recognized Nubuck brown and tan for Ray. So now I feel unsure if pebble, if your judgment the leather is pebbled is correct, were beautiful. What you add to the Ray about contrast stitching "eh": what do you mean? Don't you feel contrast stitching is attractive? For example, the grey Wilton with contrast stitching I think looks cool. The problem is how long the shoes look like their photographs?
Edited by Naive, Jr. - 6/22/15 at 8:41pm