Hi Gents - new cognac McT's for me today. Absolutely love these, and at $157 on the recent sale I couldn't pass them up. Quick question (and this may be a dumb question, if so, I apologize), but I noticed on the Shoebank website that the McT's can have either the double oak or double butyl sole, how can you tell the difference?
One has a rubber-like chemical soaked into the sole and the other is straight leather.
The AE page on the McTavish has this Q&A about this as well:
Thank you for your interest in Allen Edmonds.
Both our Double Oak Leather Sole and Double Butyl Leather Sole feature the same thickness, support and durability of a leather sole.
The difference between the two is Butyl, a chemical in which some rubbers are derived; butyl rubber is known for its leak-proof qualities. We offer our Butyl Leather Sole which is Butyl soaked, giving the leather sole a high resiliency to water.
Keep in mind, while the rubber part of the sole is waterproof, the upper and remainder of the sole are still made of natural leather and so is not waterproof.
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
Allen Edmonds Customer Service
Edited by Mcbeck - 1/20/16 at 10:08am