I can go so far as to agree that Dainite is not a very good snow sole, but to go as far as to say it's useless is wrong. The rubber in a Dainite is too dense/hard for good traction on snow and ice but still it's, IMO, a more elegant choice than Crepe or Ridgeway. Micro would probably be the best choice for a good balance between snow/ice traction and elegance. Micro also has the advantage of being more comfortable than Dainite.
I'm hesitant to make my first post on this forum on a subject that has been, based on previous threads elsewhere, a controversial subject but I can't hold myself back for any longer because this is a very topical question for me, and in a G&G context. I have my first pair of MTO in the works (Grant on TG73 in Vintage Oak ordered directly from Dean at G&G). The estimated delivery of Christmas if I'm lucky but probably early January so I think that there's still time to make minor tweaks if required.
I love the oak bark sole so that is what I have specified but, as an urbal dweller (London), I would like just a little bit more grip if possible. Recently I had a bit of a slide (not a fall) in leather shoes as I was walking down an incline in an underpass with a ceramic tiled floor that was wet and very slippery. As I put my foot down I started to slip and, as I then pressed my heel down more firmly, I slipped some more because the heel, also being leather, wasn't gripping either. At that point I wondered to myself if a possible solution to the beauty-vs-grip dilemma might be to stick with an oak bark sole but to specify an alternative base for the heel. Had I had this on my slippery incline then I would presumeably have gained some grip when I put down my heel to try and steady myself which would have helped and such a heel treatment wouldn't interfere, at least in my opinion, with the beauty of the standard fiddleback waist. It's a compromise, and clearly won't give the same grip as a well-chosen full sole and heel alternative, but I'm wondering if it is a reasonable compromise that gives some worthwhile extra grip for a very minor (in my opinion) aesthetic tradeoff.
Has anyone specified such a shoe with G&G or elsewhere? Which of the MTO sole alternatives (micro, crepe, Ridgeway or Danite) is likely to be best for urban conditions, i.e damp pavements and tiled floors? Aesthetically it seems to me that a micro or crepe heel base would sit more harmoniously with the oak bark sole although just a simple ridged rubber heel base might be the best of all; I have had such a base retro-fitted to a heel by a cobbler but it isn't listed on the G&G site.
If my idea doesn't get shot down in flames here then I think that I might call Dean to discuss it.