Back in those days people also traveld by horse buggy.
Not eventhing in the past was better than it is now.
Progress has it's good sides, quality rubber soles are one of them.
In foul weather conditions, in shoes with leather soles your feet will cool faster, they will get wet pretty easily and you will have less traction.
Sure you can limit the damage to the soles if you care for them after every single wear, but it takes a lot of effort.
I agree with what fritzl told me, people care too much about design and too little about function.
Seems as if most StC customers wear their boots more on carpets than outsides.
In snow I'd much rather wear a rubber soled paprika than this StC monstrosity.
Also, spending $1000+ on a pair of RTW shoes only to threat them to a sole change right away is, sorry, plain stupid.
sole change right away on a $1000+ rtw shoe is stupid? im not following you
about a year ago, their was a rubber vs leather debate and after pages of back and forth amongst some very knowledgable shoe gurus, including fritzl, dwf12, & bengal_stripe, it was unclear which option was superior in adverse conditions. both rubber and leather each have their own pro's and con's in damp, wet, snowy conditions. dainite is water resistant so no fear of water damage to outsole however as dwf12 pointed out, it is leather and not dainite that has more traction is wet and also icy conditions. ive been able to confirm this and just the other day i slid on my dainite C&J coniston boots where my leather outsoled alden boots never had a problem.
also fritzl swears by leather so im unsure where youre getting all that jazz from. try comparing both leather and rubber firsthand and i think youll realize how misinformed your statements are.
btw, JB lives in Boston, MA area. i think he knows a thing or two about walking in snow