Regarding the commando soles, the inspiration was an American version of an English country boot. I wanted something that I could wear with tweed and cords in wet or snowy weather. I probably would have preferred something like Dainite, however Tricker's uses a commando type sole themselves. I would love to see these become a staple (re)order for LS.
I look forward to braving the elements with these this fall and winter.