Does this discussion include Topys? The sole reason I have Topys put on my shoes is because of the amount of walking I do, and with the weather conditions as they are in the UK, they prove to be it the safest option.
Actually I think that the discussion is about rubber soled shoes in general, not just the "horrid, cheaply made" shoes that you wouldn't be caught dead in; and even that part of the statement is incorrect in that if you were dead you wouldn't have much say regarding which shoes you were "caught" wearing.No, this discussion does not include Topys because the discussion is about those horrid, cheaply made, rubber soled shoes that you or I would not be caught dead in.
This post has resonated with me -- wearing rubber-soled shoes is okay primarily as a concession to the elements. If poor weather or use in rugged areas are really the driver (again, which makes sense), then it is curious to me why shoes w/lug soles can be inferred as an inappopriate suit pairing to many in this thread. In fact, shouldn't the lug sole be most appropriate, acceptable and stylish option if safety is key? Why reduce your safety quotient by wearing rubber soles without lugs just to hide the fact that your shoes are minus leather soles?Are they ever the most stylish thing that can be worn? No. But an otherwise properly constructed, welted shoe with a rubber tread on it is a reasonable, and reasonably stylish, concession to the elements. We recently had an ice event in my town, and those few souls who wore leather soles uniformly reported taking a spill. Feeling that life and limb should not be risked for style, I chose some of my more casual suits and paired them with these shoes:
as well as some old pre-Nike Cole Haan longwings with similar lug soles. All of the shoes/boots could be re-soled with straight leather soles, and are "real" shoes... they're just black and bumpy on the bottom, not tan and smooth.
Would I do the same in pleasant weather? Probably not. Did I regret my choice? Not for a second.
I’m wearing smooth leather Aldens with lug soles as I type this. I’m wearing them with heavy corduroy slacks and a Harris Tweed jacket. I like the way they look with this ensemble. I also think they’d look ludicrous with my chalkstripe navy worsted DB.This post has resonated with me -- wearing rubber-soled shoes is okay primarily as a concession to the elements. If poor weather or use in rugged areas are really the driver (again, which makes sense), then it is curious to me why shoes w/lug soles can be inferred as an inappopriate suit pairing to many in this thread. In fact, shouldn't the lug sole be most appropriate, acceptable and stylish option if safety is key? Why reduce your safety quotient by wearing rubber soles without lugs just to hide the fact that your shoes are minus leather soles?
And, if selecting rubber soled shoes designed to look like leather from certain angles on a nice day is simply a concession to comfort or convenience (as opposed to weather/safety), then perhaps adding polyester back into suits should be equally as acceptable using the same logic? Polyester would certainly provide wrinkle resistence and additional stretching properties for the wearer -- i.e. comfort and convenience. Nobody would know unless the looked really hard at your suit. However, I would guess that most in this forum would scoff at the idea of polluting their fine wool suits with a touch of lycra. Just interesting where folks draw the line...I guess for me that line stops at wearing rubber-soled shoes with suits.
Thank you for your honest reply.Marcellionheart is exactly on point. The pictures say more than I was going to say.
Bottom line is: "why not?" Just as makers used the best materials available to them to create the best shoe possible, what makes rubber and its alternatives an inferior material?
I love my Dainite soles. I have two pairs of AEs that are leather and two that are Dainite. I haven't fully decided both the leathers will be re-crafted in Dainite, but there is no possibility the Dainite will be re-crafted in leather.Re-crafting one's shoes with Dainite soles has gained a lot of traction. They provide some moisture protection and wear forever. More importantly, they provide a bit of cuishon with is greatly appreciated as I age. B Nelson can do the trick. I've seen people buy shoes at Alden and walk over to Nelson to have new shoes converted. The Carmina made to order program at Grand Central has Dainite as an option on all shoes.