SG_67

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They are shoes and they’re meant to be worn. However, I’ve never had such wear on a new pair of shoes after only 10 outings. Those look pretty abused.

Its always a good idea to rotate shoes as well as making sure you take care of them when not worn.

The wear I see is normal, but somewhat premature in my opinion. Others may disagree and I’m speaking of course from only my experience.

I’m not sure this is a defect however. Applying a topy would help. Also trying to walk without dragging your toes.

And what’s with the mustard stain?
 

Nemo Clericus

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I was trying to identify that myself! It was rather hard and did not want to scratch off.

I wouldn't consider the amount of walking I do to be out of the ordinary. I imagine any white collar city dweller would get as much distance in them as I do on the sidewalks any day.

I am just going to chalk this up to the rougher asphalt (which of course sometimes contains loose pebbles) that I have to walk over between sidewalks. The site where I work doesn't have nearly enough sidewalks available, but that is a different problem...
 

Nemo Clericus

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Also, any tips for caring for them when not being worn that would affect the soles? I always store them with shoe trees and in their cotton bag.
 

CLTesquire

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Nothing more you can really do for the sole.

Just brush them somewhat regularly and condition and polish as needed and you will be good to go.
 

SG_67

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Also, any tips for caring for them when not being worn that would affect the soles? I always store them with shoe trees and in their cotton bag.
you can apply a sole conditioning cream to keep the leather from cracking or drying out prematurely.
 

winghus

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Have sole guards put on and replace as necessary. b. Nelson does it for $40, I'm sure someone local to you would be comparable or even less in pricing.
 

Nemo Clericus

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Well, in case anyone is interested, I ended up sending the shoes to Potter and Sons. I decided after talking to Heath over the phone to get both the Lulu toe caps and the Topy sole protectors.

I think they did great work and I'm sure this will solve my toe wear problem. Thanks for all the advice.
 

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Nemo Clericus

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Well, in case anyone is interested, I ended up sending the shoes to Potter and Sons. I decided after talking to Heath over the phone to get both the Lulu toe caps and the Topy sole protectors.

I think they did great work and I'm sure this will solve my toe wear problem. Thanks for all the advice.
 

Troones

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Looks good. I gleaned advice from this thread right along with you and just had the same done (sole protectors) at a local shoe repair shop.