Intrest in men's wear so I don't really wear the same shoes. Please forgive my grammar I am
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I don't find a big difference in feel at ll. Except noticeably better grip in wet conditions with the outsoles, where leather can be slippery.
I'm not sure how much breathing is really done through the sole as compared with the upper - but I can't say I've noticed any difference in this regard between otherwise comparable pairs that have had outsoles applied and those left bare.
And I really don't see any equivalence with plastic furniture covers. We are talking about the bottom of the soles here - neither a part of the shoe that is generally in visual prominence, nor one with which we frequentlly come into tactile contact.
1) I don't pirouettte.
2) Were I ballroom dancing, I probably would not use rubber outsoles. Sometimes, slippery is good. But how well a shoe - or sole- performs when ballroom dancing is not a major purchase criterion for me. It isn't a criterion at all.
3) Wet leather doesn't grip - scuffed or not. It's not a fear of falling, but a practical consideration for those who live in climates where the sun doesn't shine 365 days a year. My daily commute invloves ascending and descending several flights of marble / stone stairs at railway stations. When it rains, steps and flooring alike can be quite slippery. Losing one's footing with a crush of commuters in front and behind can be both unpleasant and unhealthy. A poor tradeoff for the ability to turn a dainty pirouette - at least for me.
4) I have shoes with leather soles and those with rubber outsoles. I don't perceive I have lost anything in "feel", much less an 'entirety'. Since it appears from your post that you have never tried a synthetic outsole, what is the basis of your categorical assertion that there is an 'entire' loss of feel?
5) What do you imagine the rubber is compresing around? Whether I'm walking on cement, asphalt, marble, hardwood or carpet - it's generally a flat surface. I find the notion that a rubber sole is somehow failing to distribute force over its surface area, well, curious.
It depends on how you walk? Ooooo kay then. I guess I have lacked adequate instruction on the proper method of walking in leather soles. My loss.
I can understand a preference for unprotected leather soles. I don't really get the hostility towards those with a different preference, though. Plastic furniture covers? Well, I said I wasn't aware of the controversy. Now I am.
dbhdnhdbh - my cobbler charges $28 all in - and yes, replacing the outsoles is quick (drop off on my way into the office, pickup at lunch) and vastly extends the life of the soles. In fact, I have never had to replace the leather soles on shoes where I installed rubber outsoles when new.