Anyone have experience with the Ridgeway sole?

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  1. Flanderian

    Flanderian Active Member

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    I can judge the appearance from photos, but I'm concerned with how they feel being worn. How stiff are they? How hard is the compound? I have a pair of shoes with the English Commando soles, and I frankly find them unsuitable for hard surfaces.

    Thanks to all!
     


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    NotoriousMarquis Senior member

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    I had a professor in paris who had a pair of Bowen shoes with a ridgeway sole for rainy days. Otherwise he wore bespoke shoes (and bespoke suits, chopard cufflinks, a slim cartier tank—maybe the most elegant dresser i've ever seen). He was also probably in his 60's, and clomping around the streets of paris in his bowen boots, so I imagine they're pretty comfortable. Regardless, i think the surface looks really cool, and i really like it when companies have their name spelled out by the ridges.
     


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    The Ridgeway sole is certainly softer than a Commando sole. I would say, it is the same rubber compound (and same stiffness) as a Dainite sole (just a different design of the mould).
     


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    ^this. Same feel as Dainite on hard surfaces (wet or dry) in my opinion. Better traction off pavement. Better than Dainite on snow. Still terrible on ice. Not meant for cold conditions as the compound is not soft to begin with and becomes stiffer with the cold especially at or below the freezing mark.

    I have country boots with Ridgeway soles that I wear year-round. Decent boot for winter when you don't want to wear something far heavier.
     


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    Plus, you don't get that 'flat-footed' feeling that a studded Dainite sole can bring on after a walk of a few miles or more. Can be quite uncomfortable as you end up feeling as though your feet are slapping the ground after a while, due to the flatter profile of the studded Dainite.

    The Ridgeway is my personal favourite for heavier boots. I've got three pairs of boots with it, two of which I had resoled with Ridgeways in preference to their original soles.
     
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    Thank you, gentlemen!

    I think I now have a better idea of what to expect.
     


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    Today I had my first experience wearing shoes with the ridgeway soles on snow and it was not a good experience. The conditions were slushy so the snow would get caught between the ridges creating a very flat surface. On my way back to the office I almost skid and fell while walking on the tiled floor.
    It seems that ridgeway is more appropriate for hiking in the country than in the snow.
     


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    Does anyone know a cobbler in NY that can convert a Dainite studded sole to a Ridgeway? Unfortunately, VIP./B.Nelson don't carry Ridgeway. thanks
     


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