This is not ok with me .
Yes cordovan is a tough material, but they make real work boosts for doing work. Cigar shell indy, imo, is far from a "work boot".
Whats next?!? Mucking about in the muddy Scottish highlands in full brogues because that's where they came from?
I'm sorry you feel this way but this is how I have been treating my work boots with commando soles for the last two year. If I lived in the Scottish highlands I would probably be using full brogues as intended. Instead, I live on the East Coast where we have sloppy winters and a good pair of boots with good traction is appropriate for the winter. The first thing I did when I received my RL Linricks was put some toppies on them. I also have BB C&J cordovans in #8... and the list goes on.
These are my winter and fall boots. They are sturdy, comfortable, and protect my feet and I like the way they look. I tend to wear my cordovan boots much more than my calf or suede boots as they are easy to clean and can take a beating--as they were intended to. They look the better for it.
Besides, these damn things last forever! I have found my biggest complaint with buying quality shoes and rotating them is that I get bored of them long before they wear out and I can excuse the "need" to purchase another pair. At this rate, they have another 2 years in them before they need to be recrafted and then they will have another four years in them. Eight years with the same boot with heavy use? If I baby them, will I have them for 20? What would be the purpose in that?
I correct my wife every time she says I have a shoe "collection". I have a rotation and I wear them as intended. As your sig says, they last longer than girlfriends.