I much prefer leather soled shoes/boots to rubber, but always feel bad and worry when taking them out in the rain. I live in London, UK, where it's hardly torrential, but rains and drizzles quite a bit, with roads often wet. No snow. I'm in the market for a pair of Edward Green Dovers. I'll wear them to work which will involve a good 25 minute walk outside each day to get there and back.
Would you go with a leather sole? Providing you dry them out for 1-2 days with shoe trees and away from artificial heat, will the leather cope OK long-term or would you go for rubber?
I'm also thinking of a pair of more rugged general purpose boots for weekends and longer outdoor walks, and like the EG Nevis and EG Galway, . I think the Nevis comes with leather sole as standard. Lovely, but again, is this leather sole designed to cope with rain, or would you go for rubber? If rubber is the way forward, I'd probably go for the EG Galway, which I believe is rubber as RTW.