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post #106 of 129
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Originally Posted by ThatGuy View Post
Hate to be an arse, but that looks cheap and tacky... if you are more concerned than waiting for your shoes to come back, or having them resoled, you are a small-timer. I can't comprehend why anyone would alter the balance and appearance of a shoe by sticking a piece of rubber over the sole. It's like gluing a water repellent layer of material underneath a crocodile strap to prolong its life. Very cheap and tacky... but you will get away with this one

I like shoes, so I notice things like this.

You may well hate to be an arse but it seems you are compelled to prove - again and again - that you are in fact an arse.

This a picture of a pair of soles with new Topy on them.

Its not s'posed to go on yer fuckin mantelpiece with spotlights and a gilt frame.

Anyone who divides people into small-timers and big-timers shows themselves as most likely a twat and an idiot. To do it over someone using commonsense and brains in looking after shoes is to prove the assumption correct.
post #107 of 129
Eat your hearts out you Topying fools

post #108 of 129
Hai, bigbris.
post #109 of 129
This thread makes the baby Jesus weep.
post #110 of 129
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post
Eat your hearts out you Topying fools

me hope your fastener not damaged by the toe plate.
post #111 of 129
Technically speaking a toe plate/guard is a topy.
post #112 of 129
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Originally Posted by entrero View Post
Technically speaking a toe plate/guard is a topy.

I hate to be so disobliging but I don't think so. Topy is/was a brand name that eventually became somewhat synonymous with any thin, after market, glue-on sole.
post #113 of 129
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Hai, bigbris.
Haaaaaiii!
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Originally Posted by Son Of Saphir View Post
me hope your fastener not damaged by the toe plate.
I put it on myself one drunken night since I had the Blakeys lying around. I like the tapping sound they make when I'm growing impatient at the liquor store
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Originally Posted by entrero View Post
Technically speaking a toe plate/guard is a topy.
See above. I read that adding the rubber sole guard takes away from the quality of leather that allows your feet to breathe, right thru the sole. So they may actually be doing more damage in another area, keeping moisture in or forcing it to go in another direction. I'm no expert, tho but I'd much rather wear a Dainite soled shoe than to add a Topy to a leather sole.
post #114 of 129
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post
I read that adding the rubber sole guard takes away from the quality of leather that allows your feet to breathe, right thru the sole. So they may actually be doing more damage in another area, keeping moisture in or forcing it to go in another direction. I'm no expert, tho but I'd much rather wear a Dainite soled shoe than to add a Topy to a leather sole.
If that is the case, where does moisture go on a pair of rubber soled shoes?
post #115 of 129
What of the duck-ness?
post #116 of 129
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post
I read that adding the rubber sole guard takes away from the quality of leather that allows your feet to breathe, right thru the sole. So they may actually be doing more damage in another area, keeping moisture in or forcing it to go in another direction. I'm no expert, tho but I'd much rather wear a Dainite soled shoe than to add a Topy to a leather sole.

We have to blow up the planet to save the planet?
post #117 of 129
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Originally Posted by NORE View Post
I read that adding the rubber sole guard takes away from the quality of leather that allows your feet to breathe, right thru the sole. So they may actually be doing more damage in another area, keeping moisture in or forcing it to go in another direction. I'm no expert, tho but I'd much rather wear a Dainite soled shoe than to add a Topy to a leather sole.
Mate, c'mon.
post #118 of 129
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Originally Posted by bloke11 View Post


If that is the case, where does moisture go on a pair of rubber soled shoes?

It stays right up next to and in the insole...the worst place for it to be both in terms of foot health and shoe longevity.

That said, leather soles don't "breath" in the sense of respiration...in, out. Rather they allow moisture to move from wet to dry. And when the moisture reaches the "outside" of the leather, it evaporates into the air.

Sole guards won't completely defeat this process although they will impede it somewhat. But full fledged rubber soles will stop all moister transfer and make the inside of the shoe a wetter environment--one where bacteria and fungi can thrive.
post #119 of 129
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post
It stays right up next to and in the insole...the worst place for it to be both in terms of foot health and shoe longevity.

That said, leather soles don't "breath" in the sense of respiration...in, out. Rather they allow moisture to move from wet to dry. And when the moisture reaches the "outside" of the leather, it evaporates into the air.

Sole guards won't completely defeat this process although they will impede it somewhat. But full fledged rubber soles will stop all moister transfer and make the inside of the shoe a wetter environment--one where bacteria and fungi can thrive.

I knew I could count on you to set things straighter
post #120 of 129
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post
It stays right up next to and in the insole...the worst place for it to be both in terms of foot health and shoe longevity.

That said, leather soles don't "breath" in the sense of respiration...in, out. Rather they allow moisture to move from wet to dry. And when the moisture reaches the "outside" of the leather, it evaporates into the air.

Sole guards won't completely defeat this process although they will impede it somewhat. But full fledged rubber soles will stop all moister transfer and make the inside of the shoe a wetter environment--one where bacteria and fungi can thrive.

Pardon my ignorance but AFAIK, moisture evaporates upwards, not downwards. Therefore I still don't see how a thin piece of rubber would hinder moisture from evaporating into the air on leather soles since it's at the bottom. Moisture doesn't have to go through the bottom of the sole in order to be evaporated into air, right?
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