I heard back from S&H regarding that canvas at the front: "Yes that is correct. The front part of this particular shoe is canvas lined. We have had these made for us for 25 years by Crockett and Jones and they tell me that it makes no difference to the wear of the shoe and in fact does give some ‘breathability’ advantages. The other shoes they make for us are fully leather lined, but not this one." If it honestly makes no difference in the wear of the shoe I'll keep 'em. I'm just worried the canvas will wear out and tear greatly shortening the life expectancy of the shoe. What do y'all think - keep them or exchange them for something else?