Dainite Sole - Versatility but Durability?

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  1. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    Hi, I've got a brief question regarding your experiences with Dainite soles:

    Bought a pair of Alfred Sargent full grain longwings on a Dainite sole from afinepairofshoes (Props to them for wonderful service, great pricing and fast shipping). These are my first pair on Dainite, was looking forward to owning one just for the sole's sheer versatility as being sharp enough for most occasions but also rugged enough for rain and mild frost.

    Having owned them for 24 hours of vigorous wear (My life involves a lot of walking) the studs are already showing some serious wearing down. How have your experiences been with the durability of the Dainite sole; am I going to end up spending the shoes' worth at my cobbler getting the soles replaced? Even the topper sole (yeah yeah, I know! [​IMG]) on my Herring Double Monks isn't showing this much wear and it's been on for a good month!


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  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Dainite wears like iron. I wouldn't be worried about it unless you are dragging your feet with every step and even then, they'll (arguably) outlast leather soles.
     
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  3. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    +1. Danite is very durable and should outlast leather soles especially in wet weather.
     
  4. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +1 we sell tons of them and never got a complaint about how quickly they wear.
    To the OP are you sure they are authentic Dainite?
    I'm seeing more and more knock-offs not nearly the quality though...
     
  5. Saenek

    Saenek Senior member

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    I think I have a pair of AS made BB suede chukkas that has some crazy fast wearing Dainite soles - it says Dainite on em but after not that much wear time I am probably going to get them resoled soon.
     
  6. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    Cheers for the replies but having worn them all day again today there seems to be no more wear; think it was more "breaking in" than premature wearing.

    And I'm sure they're genuine, the shoes are AS so most likely proper Dainite.
     
  7. Spark

    Spark Senior member

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    Mine have worn well and are great for wet weather, but they are quite slippery when coming in out of the rain.. say you walk into a market with a tiled floor, it's easy to wind up on your ass.
     
  8. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Does it actually say Dainite on the soles?

    B Nelson mentioned knock offs, but also some shoe manafacturers have tried unsuccesfully to create their on version of Dainite
     
  9. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    It does indeed so I'm fairly certain they're genuine - be seriously hacked off if AS screwed me!

    And to the poster above - I became very aware of their slippiness when coming out of the rain, had to do that perfectly flat footed penguin walk until I was sure they were dry coming into my Metro station today, would've taken the new shoes spring out of my step...
     
  10. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Surprising that such a renowned rubber product doesn't deliver in the wet.
     
  11. chimchiminey

    chimchiminey Active Member

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    As am I. Any reason why Dainite is less than ideal in these situations?
     
  12. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    I suspect having studs and no cleats doesn't allow it to attain the anticipated level of traction.
     
  13. hobo style

    hobo style Well-Known Member

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    I own a couple of pairs of boots with studded Dainite soles and they are far less suitable for city wear than for country (which makes sense since they are country boots [​IMG]). The rubber is quite hard and the studs provides little contact surface area on hard, smooth surfaces like concrete sidewalks. I'm suspect the original intent of the design (created in 1910) was for wear on unpaved city/town streets or in the country.
     
  14. rsuhandy

    rsuhandy Senior member

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    Dainite is much more durable then leather soles.
    However, getting a leather sole guard is a much more economical choice,
    as each Dainite resole will cost 3-4 times as much as a replacement leather sole guard.
     
  15. Tony Yang

    Tony Yang Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I have these John Lobb jodhpur boots, had them for about 6 months wearing them very frequently and I noticed one has this peelage. Is this an issue I can ignore or should I somehow get this fixed/remediated?
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