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08-04-2005
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Protecting leather soled shoes
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In the past, I have had some thin black rubber applied to my leather soled shoes to protect from scuffing, this has worked fine.

However, I have been told now that this is not recommended, and that I should let the leather" breathe", applying the thin rubber can cause rotting.

I am completely confused now, what do you do with this type of shoe ? apply the rubber? if i leave them unprotected- the soles will eventually become scuffed and impossible to walk in without slipping- but on the other hand aren't leather soled shoes meant to last longer?

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Leather is a pretty durable sole for a shoe... I don't see any need for them to be protected... if you ever wear them out you can just get your shoes re-soled.

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i agree with luna

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if you ever wear them out
ever? do you all wear your shoes indoors?

I always re-sole my leather soled shoes with rubber, as soon as I get them, since they will get destroyed after being worn just two or three times..
I don't see the point with leather soles..

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two confilcting views, i see the sense in protecting them, and this resole procedure, is it costly ?

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i wear out the soles first and then eventually get them resoled

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ever? do you all wear your shoes indoors?

I always re-sole my leather soled shoes with rubber, as soon as I get them, since they will get destroyed after being worn just two or three times..
I don't see the point with leather soles..

If you're wearing the soles of your shoes out on two wears.. then something is wrong.

Leather soles have been used since... forever? And if it's a good quality leather, it will wear out eventually... but it will take some time before that happens. Most of the time, my heel lift ends up wearing out first (but those are generally made of plastic)

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I generally get thin rubber half soles put on leather soles. I walk a ton, sometimes in rain or snow, and slippage is an issue. The half sole also gives a bit more shock protection to the shoe. Getting the leather soles resoled when worn through is an option of course, but it's much more expensive to get the shoes resoled as opposed to getting the rubber half soles.

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If you're wearing the soles of your shoes out on two wears.. then something is wrong.
Don't know what kind of leather soles you're referring to, but the ones on some of the shoes I buy (most of them have synthetic soles to start with, fortunately) get ruined after two or three outings. What kind of leather would hold against the wear and friction you put your soles through during a day of walking outside?

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I generally get thin rubber half soles put on leather soles. I walk a ton, sometimes in rain or snow, and slippage is an issue. The half sole also gives a bit more shock protection to the shoe. Getting the leather soles resoled when worn through is an option of course, but it's much more expensive to get the shoes resoled as opposed to getting the rubber half soles.
yes, slippage is a major issue if i don't resole them. Any one know what the shoe makers recommend?

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Synthetic soles are nothing compared to leather ones.

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What kind of leather would hold against the wear and friction you put your soles through during a day of walking outside?
Any good quality leather, as found on good quality shoes.

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Any good quality leather, as found on good quality shoes.
Oh, so that's why designer shoes are so damn expensive? Durable leather for soles must cost sooo much?!

Sorry, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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Quote:
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I generally get thin rubber half soles put on leather soles. I walk a ton, sometimes in rain or snow, and slippage is an issue. The half sole also gives a bit more shock protection to the shoe. Getting the leather soles resoled when worn through is an option of course, but it's much more expensive to get the shoes resoled as opposed to getting the rubber half soles.
Where do you buy rubber half soles? I couldn't find them in drugstores. They only sell insoles. I'm starting to get a little slippage with my leather soles, and they're "vero cuoio." Help please!

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I get them put on at the shoe repair place.

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