Hey guys! I arrived safe in Italy, and I'm hitting up the Pitti show hard over the next few days. I'll report in with photos soon! Thank you! Please drop us a line if you have any questions on tailoring them. Ah man, that stinks. Unfortunately, Thorogood wouldn't be able to change out the leather on that plain toe design. But a good cobbler may be able to buff it out a bit and make it less noticeable. That said, I'd echo everyone else's feedback - just roll with it and enjoy wearing them. Although that's a really deep gouge, scratches and nicks are a fact of life with these boots and add to their character. Over time - especially as the horsehide ages - it will be less noticeable. And you can always make up a cool story on how it happened. Who's to say that you didn't roundhouse kick a bowie knife out a mugger's hand? Should be in mid-to-late February. We'll get a delivery of every spring fabric that we're going to offer for the season. I should have extra cloth backed up for all of them, so we can then assemble any Rudy-fit special orders at that time. Thank you! Let me know what you think after they arrive. We were blown away by the Slate Donegal when it came in. Walt trousers should be good for you - I haven't yet had a customer who bought them and found them too short after letting out the hem.