Yesterday, I found in the basement refuse area of my apartment building a lovely parrot headed stick. I would normally have thought of it as a walking stick (very tapered, very interesting alternating bands of different colored woods, the avian head, etc.), but it had a heavy cane-like rubber tip. This got me to wondering what the actual difference is between a walking stick and a cane. Is is just the tip? On a side note, are there any circumstances left in this day and age where a walking stick would not just be too much of an affectation?