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I agree with Duncan... I've always maintained that a sole guard will not effect the breathability of a shoe. You have a dense piece of leather out-sole. Let's say 10/11 iron thick. It gets cemented to the welt and foot-bed. In most cases the foot-bed is made out of a mixture of granular cork and rubber cement. Then there is another thinner, fairly dense layer of leather, the insole. I can't possibly see how a shoe can/will breathe through the sole of a shoe. Through the...
FWIW....Those soles are not made by Dainite (The Harboro Rubber Company).They are John Lobbs "take-off" of the Dainite Studded Sole.The sole pictured is called the "October":http://www.johnlobb.com/us/grove-1We have worked on them several times. They are softer than Dainite. If you catch your toe on carpeting -or- going up the stairs the edge of the toe will tear at the stitching much like a piece of perforated paper.They can be cemented back but might not hold-up that...
Hey Munk.You probably have more brushes in your house than we use in the shop!It's really not necessary...But, as they say, "whatever floats you're boat"
Has anybody tried these folks? https://nickscustomboots.com/ I haven't seen their work but spoken to/e-mailed them in the past. They seem like good folks that know what they are doing...
I agree with the oil stuffed. You may want to consider a Vibram -or- Dainite sole with a storm welt as well.
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Let's not get crazy..... If all you want is an inexpensive way to protect your toe's from wearing prematurely, just get these: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS722US722&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=rubber+toeplates&* Just make sure that you have some sort of jack to crimp the tacks rather than going through the insole and poking your toes......
A competent repair shop can re-sole them.If you give me the make and model I would be happy to check into the construction and confirm. But, from what I see it shouldn't be a problem.....
I agree with DW regarding the sole guard. I doubt a credible shop would attempt it. The sole can be replaced by adding a mid-sole (McKay stitched). Then cement the new sole to the mid-sole. In this case the closest to the existing sole is the one I mentioned earlier. There are various others that would work. Any reputable shop should be able to do it without a problem, unless the welt and sole are one piece made to look like 2 separate components. I doubt that's the case...
Sole guards cannot applied.They can be re-soled with this...
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