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BRB applying a rubber strap under my alligator strap because it will prevent my watch head moving due to its weight.
It's all down to preference. You all keep topying and I will think you're cheap and you bought them second hand, off the bay, off B&S, from an op shop. No loss... clearly there are lot's of people here who do that looking at the types of threads posted on the boards.
I would guess the group of people here who really like their nice shoes, would not topy/ defile their shoes. And I'm sure such people know how to walk.
In the last year, I know of one person who stacked it in the rain... it was a guy who was wearing rubber soled shoes. I do not and I've never fallen down. Ever.
Dear me, the poster who said you picked your name after "That guy is a total asshole" was making a very good point.
And you think you're a gentleman with your alligator watch strap and high-end shoes. I say you have much more money than class, judging by your snobbish comments. Your condescending remarks are disgraceful.
I am reading all this Toppy bashing. I have put them on all my better shoes simply because I don't want my shoes to "wick" up water from having to walk over wet pavement or snow. It has NEVER caused a problem and has beautifully protected expensive investments over the years. I never worry about the soles getting wet and misshapen. That is all.
I had one uncle who due to walking on leather soles, lost his grip and paralysed him, I had a pair of shoes and slips and broke my leg. I think a new pair of shoes can be acquired but health alas cannot. I know rubber soles with good grip I have never slipped on and had an issues. The fact that your feet breath or weather you will breath is the better question
I'm with you; the Parisian dude has given the most reasonable, well thought out, and seemingly incontrovertible answer (short of someone submitting a peer reviewed journal article on the subject). it's pretty clear that there is no/or minimal risk from rubberizing soles and that the aesthetic diffferences are very personal (but to me minimal if done correctly). i have some (still unworn) suede C&J Millbanks with beautifully tanned ultrathin soles that are beautiful to behold but unless i put my feet up on the conference table no one will be admiring my soles. but i also have a couple of pairs of edward green wingtips that i have had for nearly 20 years and the soles while not yet "ratty" may be given a longer life by Topying them. Of course if i could merely do a "I Dream Of Jeannie"-inspired blink and have my (imaginary) valet send the shoes off to the manufacturer from here in chicago, i would be a lot happier. but these days, i'm more about convenience than the abstract notion of stylistic purity. FWIW, i have several pairs of ferragamos that are nearly 25 years old that came with ultra thin half-rubbered soles (more or less the equivalent of factory inserted topys) and the shoes are still fine.
Lastly, i should inform the group that i probably have approximately 75-100 pairs of fairly high grade shoes (high-end, old school ie., early 90's Ferragamos being the cheapest), nearly half of which have only been warn a handful of times.