I remember you posting about that experience some time ago. I think that is exactly what I was trying to say. Obviously we aren't in the business of "abusing" our nice shoes. However, wearing them in a real world environment is what is necessary. People don't typically remember to post about how great their shoes look after an experience like that. However, they are quick to mention when a stain comes up and they can't get rid of it. That creates a percieved bias towards the belief that these shoes can't handle a rain storm, and it just isn't true. It is the squeaky wheel scenario... you typically only hear about the bad experiences and forget about all the good ones that weren't reported.