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Double leather sole versus single

post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 
Besides looks, is there a difference between a double leather sole versus single? Thanks!
post #2 of 60
Practically, there are many differences.
post #3 of 60
You don't feel stones/uneven ground as much through a double sole.
post #4 of 60
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Originally Posted by ManofKent View Post
You don't feel stones/uneven ground as much through a double sole.
+1.
post #5 of 60
You feel a little taller too. :-)
post #6 of 60
I recall Nick V. posting a few months ago that the double leather sole doesn't improve the longevity of the sole though, as the inner sole is non-functional and not designed to contact the pavement. That ruined my idea of getting double soles so I don't wear through the sole so quickly.
post #7 of 60
Also, better in winter, makes for a warmer shoe insulating better from the ground.
My suggestion is to go for an HAF sole (double tapering into single at waist) to avoid sacrificing flexibility too much.
post #8 of 60
I tried a new shoe cobbler last week who used to be an Allen Edmonds rep. He was heavily discounting his stock to move them. He had a pair of AE Waltons that were doubled soled in my size. I tried them on and they felt heavy. Thye also felt hard compared to the other AE he had in my size. He said they were normally $350 from AE becuase of the double sole. I passed.
post #9 of 60
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Originally Posted by coltboy75 View Post
He had a pair of AE Waltons that were doubled soled in my size. I tried them on and they felt heavy.
They're indeed heavier, but I don't mind a heavy shoe.
post #10 of 60
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Originally Posted by coltboy75 View Post
I tried a new shoe cobbler last week who used to be an Allen Edmonds rep. He was heavily discounting his stock to move them. He had a pair of AE Waltons that were doubled soled in my size. I tried them on and they felt heavy. Thye also felt hard compared to the other AE he had in my size. He said they were normally $350 from AE becuase of the double sole. I passed.

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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
They're indeed heavier, but I don't mind a heavy shoe.

I like the shoes with a single leather but the double leather are gorgeous to see and wear.
post #11 of 60
I love my double stacked Alden shells (black captoe blucher).

They're built like tanks, and the sole is a big part of that

A bit heavier of course, but if you really notice that kind of a difference, it's time to hit the gym!
post #12 of 60
I actually like the double leather sole enough that I order MTO for shoes that traditionally come with the single leather sole. For those of my shoes only having the single leather sole, when it is time to have them resoled, I will have doubles put on them. I don't mind the extra weight.
post #13 of 60
double sole tapering to a single sole is the way to go.
post #14 of 60
I'm sad I didn't order the OneShoe with double soles. I'll probably have them re-soled with double soles when the time comes.
post #15 of 60
Double-soled shoes typically require a break-in period before the soles develop a "hinge" where you flex them when you walk. Until that happens (half a dozen wearings or so) they can be painful to wear.
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