This is my second pair of Portsmouths. I really like this model; I like the way it fis, I like the way it looks, I like the functionality. Having said this, I have two observations. Is the toe box slightly narrower in the Portsmouth II? Also, I had hoped for a different lining on the base, one that would be more breathable. Perhaps it is breathable (more advanced than the original Portsmouth, perhaps not. I have worn the new ones - some, but not a great deal. So I am wondering if the soles on the Portsmouth II will wear down as quickly as the first pair I purchased. Time will tell. Thank you for updating this shoe, I will probably buy another pair in due time. Incidentally I enjoy wearing my Portsmouths more than the leather Bostons. Actually I wish I had purchased Portsmouths vs Bostons (to be able to alternate wearing them) but I do wear my Bostons for "dressier" occasions.