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What is the BEST way to put rubber on leather soled shoes?

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There are a couple of threads discussing the pros and cons of adding rubber to leather soled shoes, but none of them really do a great job of discussing the various options for doing it. I am going to do this to 6-8 pairs (not sure about two of them), but I want to make sure I maximize the benefits while minimizing the costs.

 

What I'm curious about is:
What type of rubber should I have put on?

How much of the sole should I cover?

How thick should the rubber be?

 

I'm thinking is simply covering the ball tread (?) of the outsole. I might see about having the rubber split into 2/3 sections to allow for greater breathability, also leaving a quarter centimeter or so between rubber and the edge of the sole).

 

Thoughts?

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There was a man over at AAAC who uses 3M No-Slip tape on his shoes. Read here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?88078-Sole-savers-nay-or-yay
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Topy works great for me. Not sure what it costs in the US, but here in Paris it's 15 euros/pair. I think you want it to go all the way to the edge. It covers the forefoot not the arch, and comes in various colors. I don't notice a difference except that I'm not worried about falling on my ass when the sidewalks are wet.
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