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Leather soles and rain

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Hi. Do you wear shoes with leather soles outside when it is raining and/or wet on the ground? Apart from getting your feet wet, will this damage the soles/shoes? Marcus
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One more tip: lay the shoes on their sides for drying out, that the air can circulate freely. The one killer for leather soles is snow, not the snow as such, but the salts used for gritting. It soaks the natural oils right out of the leather. In this case give the soles while they are still wet a good coating with colorless shoe creme (the stuff that comes in little glass containers). Alternativly you can always opt for old fashioned rubber galoshes.
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I understand that getting the soles wet are not a problem as such (if they are allowed to dry properly). But I have heard that wet leather soles wear down more easily, i.e. that wet soles will take more damage from walking on concrete/asphalt/etc. compared to dry soles. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Marcus
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Wet leather is definitely more susceptible to damage. It is much easier to take a chunk out of your sole when it is soaked than when dry. You could get rubber halfsoles put on for a small price which would help this. They also make the shoes less slippery when dry.
post #6 of 29
I was wearing my AE Leeds Shells today. Saw it was raining, and I am sick and tired of walking in the rain on my nice leather soles, and seeing them get destroyed. So I took off my shoes, put them in my briefcase, and left work in my socks..
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You know, I have considered doing this many times, becauase I hate my Paul Smith beaters that I wear in the rain. I actually think barefoot is much more stylish...

post #8 of 29
I always have thin rubber half-soles put on my nice shoes - specifically to avoid water damage. Doing so will make your shoes last forever.
post #9 of 29
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You know, I have considered doing this many times, becauase I hate my Paul Smith beaters that I wear in the rain. I actually think barefoot is much more stylish...


Enjoy cutting the hell out of your feet.
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Sometimes we forget what shoes are made for..
post #11 of 29
walking barefoot = parasites
post #12 of 29
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You know, I have considered doing this many times, becauase I hate my Paul Smith beaters that I wear in the rain. I actually think barefoot is much more stylish...


Ah Yes, The Angel, The Priest, The Corpse, and the Gravedigger.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
Hi.

Do you wear shoes with leather soles outside when it is raining and/or wet on the ground? Apart from getting your feet wet, will this damage the soles/shoes?

Marcus
Yes, I do, but I let them dry out before I wear them again.
post #14 of 29
My Topied shoes make that a moot point.
post #15 of 29
I was wondering the same thing...

I wanted to just wear some crappier rubber soled shoes when snowy/rainy. How many of you do that? And I say "crappier" but considering I personally will be working/wearing them in NYC, where it can be quite wet at times... I don't want to always be wearing "crappy" shoes. So, does anyone have suggestions for nice rubber soled shoes for that situation?
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