Double leather sole versus single

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  1. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    Besides looks, is there a difference between a double leather sole versus single? Thanks!
     


  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Practically, there are many differences.
     


  3. ManofKent

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    You don't feel stones/uneven ground as much through a double sole.
     


  4. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    You don't feel stones/uneven ground as much through a double sole.
    +1.
     


  5. why18

    why18 Senior member

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    You feel a little taller too. :)
     


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    sbrneu Well-Known Member

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    I recall Nick V. posting a few months ago that the double leather sole doesn't improve the longevity of the sole though, as the inner sole is non-functional and not designed to contact the pavement. That ruined my idea of getting double soles so I don't wear through the sole so quickly.
     


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    pabloj Senior member

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    Also, better in winter, makes for a warmer shoe insulating better from the ground.
    My suggestion is to go for an HAF sole (double tapering into single at waist) to avoid sacrificing flexibility too much.
     


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    I tried a new shoe cobbler last week who used to be an Allen Edmonds rep. He was heavily discounting his stock to move them. He had a pair of AE Waltons that were doubled soled in my size. I tried them on and they felt heavy. Thye also felt hard compared to the other AE he had in my size. He said they were normally $350 from AE becuase of the double sole. I passed.
     


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    He had a pair of AE Waltons that were doubled soled in my size. I tried them on and they felt heavy.
    They're indeed heavier, but I don't mind a heavy shoe.
     


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    I tried a new shoe cobbler last week who used to be an Allen Edmonds rep. He was heavily discounting his stock to move them. He had a pair of AE Waltons that were doubled soled in my size. I tried them on and they felt heavy. Thye also felt hard compared to the other AE he had in my size. He said they were normally $350 from AE becuase of the double sole. I passed.

    They're indeed heavier, but I don't mind a heavy shoe.

    I like the shoes with a single leather but the double leather are gorgeous to see and wear.
     


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    furo Senior member

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    I love my double stacked Alden shells (black captoe blucher).

    They're built like tanks, and the sole is a big part of that

    A bit heavier of course, but if you really notice that kind of a difference, it's time to hit the gym!
     


  12. Drydis Greis

    Drydis Greis Senior member

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    I actually like the double leather sole enough that I order MTO for shoes that traditionally come with the single leather sole. For those of my shoes only having the single leather sole, when it is time to have them resoled, I will have doubles put on them. I don't mind the extra weight.
     


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    I'm sad I didn't order the OneShoe with double soles. I'll probably have them re-soled with double soles when the time comes.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Double-soled shoes typically require a break-in period before the soles develop a "hinge" where you flex them when you walk. Until that happens (half a dozen wearings or so) they can be painful to wear.
     


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