Hi bastet, yup, I think perhaps I should post my CIF stories on TSD! Not received the new model yet so will post on there when they arrive. I think all this super feedback just shows how individual a thing it is and it's also good to hear that everyone has their own foibles to deal with. I don't have sensitive feet like yourself but I do have rather weak feet but hard leathers are fine for me but when it comes to soles I can't do extremes, soft, flexible BR shoes don't give me enough support and shoes with a steel shank (I think Oobashoe was mentioned earlier in the thread and I think they have steel shanks) are just too inflexible - I had a pair of street shoes with a steel shank and they weren't that great. The only thing I'll add is that I don't mind getting my fine leather soled CIFs messed up and scratched, they still function well for me, I actually wore them on a regular night out in a bit of a dive with water and broken glass on the floor - yikes! But they're fine! And I found that with the harder leather soles (such as Jorge Nel) if you've got a very slick floor they are super, super slippy. I never got into the habit of brushing the soles of my BR shoes (oops) so they are just very smooth, now but they are fine, not too slippy.