Originally Posted by dbhdnhdbh As a fan of gunboats, triple soled if possible, there is no such thing as too stiff.
I beg to differ with you. I am all for the meaty look of a double sole but adding sole guards is asthetically displeasing, redundant and absolutely stiffening. To each his own.
I had thick Goodyear sole guards added to a pair of vintage Florsheim gunboats. They did not feel any stiffer afterwards.
To you perhaps and I am happy for you. I would never do this again myself for reasons afore-mentioned.
But I agree that they do not look good.
Does anyone make leather-colored sole guards? Tan, brown, grey?
Most all sole guard manufacturers do indeed make leather coloured guards, as well as other colours. Larger cobblers may carry them in stock but smaller cobblers may have to special order them for you.