Originally Posted by DWFII
I mostly use leather for outsoles and Vibram for heels, but I just got a large sheet of Cat's Paw sole guard. Is it old stock? I doesn't feel like it's old...doesn't have that dry, UV oxidized surface.
I just confirmed this with my main supplier. Most of it you probably already knew:
Decades ago their were a few large rubber companies manufacturing for the shoe repair industry. Cat's Paw and Biltrite were among the largest.
About 25 years ago Biltrite bought out Cat's Paw. About 10 years later, Quabaug (they manufacture for Vibram) bought out Biltrite. Quabaug has been manufacturing sole guards with the Cat's Paw name. So, as you know, the sheet you recently purchased is fresh stock.
I just learned that in October, Quabaug will stop making that sheet with Cat's Paws name on it.