Very nice pics to illustrate that we are not talking lumps of retread tractor tyres.
Don't get me wrong, if people prefer naked leather soles then so be it.
I also understand that people with some genuine vintage Florsheim V cleats love the sound of the clack of leather and the click of the metal V cleat as they walk. Despite the fact that the V cleat has been known as the suicide cleat for years.
Most people I know who do dancing relatively seriously prefer leather soles that are a bit shiney.
I was about to say they were called "suicide" cleats... well named as you were highly likely to slip on them and break your neck. Maybe they'll make a comeback along with suicide doors on cars, cut-throat razors and riding a bike without a helmet?
Actually I've found standard half-leather replacement heels can be just as deadly as cleats if the hobnails aren't countersunk into the leather properly, and even then the leather wears faster (especially if you walk a lot in the wet), exposing the nailheads after a while anyway. Full rubber heels for me from now on!