Commando sole is over-rated. Just topy if you're that worried. I like to simply add toe taps. Leather soles, when broken in, give great traction.
I am hoping to be able to use the shoes in Chicago winter without ruining them with salt/wiping out. Will a commando not enable me to do so?
I completely disagree. The low-profile stitched in commando sole that Alden does is great looking and super functional for climate that need it. I find it to look way more polished/finished than a topy.