New soles for Alden Kudu Chukka

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by seanm440, May 15, 2018.

  1. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    F.Y.I. to all, heard from Nick V. and B. Nelson's commando soles are the English version I described. They're top quality, but heavy duty.

    Edit: Nick mentioned that the maker's name is Itside.
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  2. challer

    challer Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    There is a true full commando from the same company that supplies Dainite. NickV has them, they are on my winter slush and snow Chelsea boots and work great. Nothing like Vibram. The Alden half sole commando is near worthless. It’s a thin leather veneer that tends to delaminate and allow water in at the half sole joint.
  3. RogerP

    RogerP Connoisseur

    I could not agree more.
  4. seanm440

    seanm440 New Member

    United States
    New York
    I [finally] decided to have my boots taken care of locally. I had Dainite soles installed. I think that they turned out quite well. Thanks you all for your suggestions. I'm most appreciative of member swils8610, who hooked me up with his cobbler.

    A few pics IMG_3658.jpg IMG_3659.jpg IMG_3660.jpg
  5. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Those refurbished kicks look ready to take on the next six years of serving your footwear needs!
  6. LawSuits

    LawSuits Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    West Chester
    I have shoes with low profile commando soles and I have shoes with Danite. The Danite sole gives good traction, and I am not surprised at all to hear people reference how long it lasts, but I don't like it - too hard. Just my two cents, but I prefer the low profile commando. Valid point made above about commando picking up debris that won't happen with Danite, and yes, there is more to the shoe than just the sole to determine how if feels when walking, but I just think the Danite feels too hard.
  7. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    To be a broken record, to all, be certain to understand the dramatic differences that can pertain between soles which are all termed "commando."

    Typical Vibram brand commando sole -


    British commando sole -


    If it's not apparent, the cleats on the British sole are much deeper. The shoe or boot will look different, feel very different and perform differently.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  8. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    It’s for the reason above I’m not a fan of the commando sole. I understand the practicality in certain environments as well as it’s ability to provide superior grip in snow and perhaps on ice, but I’m just not a fan of the profile and bulk.
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