Originally Posted by kaizo
From what I have read dainite soles seems to answer your prayers whilst maintaining the sleek looks of your shoes. I live in London too and I think having a rubber sole (not just topy) is a good idea.
Did this recently with a pair of black single monks [Meermin]. To get to the bus-stop where I live, I take a short-cut across uneven ground (grass, stones and gnarled tree roots). Fortunately, my oxford leather soles are undamaged - except mild water marks - sadly, my single monks received a puncture in the sole.
Note: I now avoid such short-cuts.
Silver lining is that I replace the leather sole with dainite at James Taylor & Sons (just off Marylebone). Wish that when I bought my Loake 1880s, I could have found dainite soles because one requires a pair of dainite soles for work (Oxfords) and a pair for casual.
I can recall only one day recently where I have had the opportunity to wear leather soles. I think that when I eventually buy a burgundy or merlot pair of casual shoes (probably Carmina), they'll have to be dainite soles for rotation purposes.
Earlier in the year, it rained solidly for almost two months (throughout April and May). Enough now that if I were to start my nascent shoe career again, I would have (a) bought dainite sole oxfords and casual (black) from the get-go, and (b) not bought a second pair of black casual shoes.
Word of warning: dainite soles and wet weather, combined with smooth surfaces is a recipe for near disaster. Airports are one of the worst offenders, and particular department stores,