Hi Dave
I'd have put money on them saying that, they never admit to anything but its odd that they feel softer to both of us. I used to like that slight stiffness in the old style ones.

The Hokka shoes look interesting, anything with extra cushioning underfoot is well worth a look in my book, thanks for the tip. I've taken to taping the high points on my middle toes with all footware when walking now, just as a precaution really and for extra protection for when my feet swell late on in the day.

Another shoe Ive seen mentioned alot in the US through hiking blogs etc is Brooks Cascadia 8 and 9, seems very popular with the ultra long distance hikers (even though they are originally a running shoes). Im not sure how to do a link but Google with final lots of reviews etc.