I just got my CA boots today. I wear a 10.5 in shoes, and I ordered a 10 after the guy told me they tend to run a half size large. These fit perfectly! One thing I noticed right away is that there is hardly any grip to them. I walked out into my kitchen and immediately slipped. :P Fetthunter was right though, I have to learn to walk funny with these toe spikes on. Sort of walk like normal, but stop rolling my foot about half way through. So I have some questions:
1) This is some pretty soft outer material, softer than I was expecting. What is the consensus on weathering these things? Dusting with black and doing brush touch-ups?
2) This is a question that I'm more immediately concerned with. I've seen photos of the ankle spats actually attached to the boots in some manner. I assume that people that do this just dab a little shoe-goo onto the front of the spat to lock in place? Is this even the most popular way of wearing the spats? I've seen both ways: attached and separate, but it seems to me that the separate spats would slip around. Which way is best?