Let me just say.
You will not find in Australia anyone who will hand stitch a resole.
You will find very few in other countries who will hand stitch a resole.
I never said it would be easy to find. I was reasonably sure I implied it would be difficult, actually.
I agree with your position on Topy's, as well as the need for people to recognise the difference between brands. Not that Topy is the only choice, as I believe Vibram makes a similar range of sole guards. Unfortunately I have yet to find a cobbler in Adelaide who uses either of these. Apparently the brand 'Ausy' or somesuch is quite popular.