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Alden Plantation Crepe Soles

post #1 of 15
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I have done some forum searches, but found only a few discussions about plantation crepe soles.

I am considering buying a pair of shoes with these soles.

My biggest concern with any shoes is if they wear too hot.

Do plantation crepe soles (with a standard single inner sole) make a calf shoe wear warmer than a single leather sole, or vibram/rubber sole shoe? If so a little warmer? Much warmer?

I understand these soles make a shoe heavier than a comparable shoe with a leather or vibram sole. Are there any other disadvantages?

I now have many shoes in my rotation, so I an not too concerned if they wear down more easily.

Does anyone who owns plantation crepe sole shoes wear them in the rain? Do they absorb water?

Any othe pros and cons in general?

Thanks for your help.

Jess
post #2 of 15
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My biggest concern with any shoes is if they wear too hot.
Shouldn't be a problem.

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Does anyone who owns plantation crepe sole shoes wear them in the rain?
They're great for wet weather.

Are you going to be getting those crepe sole boots that J. Gilbert had on order for this season? I'm thinking about a pair as well.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by robin View Post
Shouldn't be a problem. They're great for wet weather.
+1 same as rubber soled, single leather still breathes so slightly less heat. Not not much difference imho. Wear them all the time for wet weather, some say they are slippery in snow. Everything can be slippery in snow, but that is a "sliding scale" ...
post #4 of 15
Maybe it's just me, but crepe soles look too chunky without suede uppers.
post #5 of 15
For those of us scratching our heads, what's a Plantation Crepe sole?
post #6 of 15
I think these are plantation crepe soles:

http://www.aldenshoe.com/cat_ane6_947.htm
post #7 of 15
Interestingly, today I'm wearing a pair of Alden shell cordovan longwings with a crepe sole. Mine are the most comfortable shoes I own, and they wear very well. I've had them for a year and have worn them about a dozen times; no signs of wear thus far. They are great shoes.
post #8 of 15
I've always been interested in how a crepe sole looks on a non-desert boot. Now I know.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
Interestingly, today I'm wearing a pair of Alden shell cordovan longwings with a crepe sole. Mine are the most comfortable shoes I own, and they wear very well. I've had them for a year and have worn them about a dozen times; no signs of wear thus far. They are great shoes.

Were those a special order or make-up? If they are stock model, would you mind sharing where you got them, sounds like a great shoe. I have many Aldens but have not seen a Longwing with crepe sole.
Thanks
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by CrackedCrab View Post
Were those a special order or make-up? If they are stock model, would you mind sharing where you got them, sounds like a great shoe. I have many Aldens but have not seen a Longwing with crepe sole.
Thanks
It was a "fan" model, which was a run of shoes made especially for Alden of Carmel. I purchased the last pair; however, if you contact Adam, he may be able to have a pair made for you. By the way, mine are Revello (mid-tan).
post #11 of 15
^^ Thank you JayJay. I have some Plaza last NST Aldens from Adam that I like very much, he does seem to get some rare models in.

Revello is a great color for your longwings...
post #12 of 15
Crepe is a funny material. It seems really soft, but it's not. I can't even dig my fingernail into it more than 1mm. I think it is surprisingly hard wearing.
post #13 of 15
I have a pair of Alden All Weather Walkers with plantation crepe sole. They are very comfortable, however be aware that they are on Alden's Barrie last which runs rather large.

Cheers, Jim.
post #14 of 15
plantation crepe sole =/= crepe sole...

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post #15 of 15
We have been manufacturing n exporting plantation natural rubber sole crepe sheets for shoe soles Sri Lanka is the only county who produces this type of soles for the shoe industry azmeer@shumsgroup.com
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