I only want a pair of black 1461 oxfords that are just like my last pair, purchased in 2000? 2001? and only this year beginning to leak a little at the toes. The "bouncing soles" are rubbed almost flat in certain places, as well. I am not complaining - this is after a decade or more of heavy wear!
The solution is easy, now that we have a Doc Martens store in Philly, not that far from where I live. I will *gasp* actually try on pairs of Docs to see if they are suitable. Another Docs-wearing friend and I are going on an expedition tonight after work for this purpose.
I will report back.