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Double leather sole versus single

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ThinkDerm, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    I don't think that's such a good idea considering that you wear them with your suits,what's wrong with single sole?

    Foo is too shy to admit it but double sole adds height.
     
  2. UnFacconable

    UnFacconable Senior member

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    You feel a little taller too. :)

    You're probably being sarcastic, but for those who think this is the case, just remember that the height of the heel is the only measurement of relevance. Double soles don't generally have thicker heels, so no difference in height.
     
  3. pabloj

    pabloj Senior member

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    my feet start hurting(sometimes) with single soles. but, i doubt this will be the fact for everyone.
    Don't know your weight but probably stiffness is not an issue for big guys.
     
  4. fritzl

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    Don't know your weight but probably stiffness is not an issue for big guys.

    i am on the heavier side [​IMG] ...but for me there is no existing rule. from my personal experience, shoes do not always feel the same, if this makes sense. and in the rare ocassions my feet do hurt or the soles start burning, it's 99% with a single sole.

    also i have the the feeling the different toe spring of a double sole makes them more flexible. this may due, cause the majority of my shoes is custom made and are "balanced" for me.
     
  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    I had Topy's put on a brand new pair of Florsheim (India) Kenmoor's. I feel like I'm walking on blocks of wood. Should have broken them in first.
     
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    I had Topy's put on a brand new pair of Florsheim (India) Kenmoor's. I feel like I'm walking on blocks of wood. Should have broken them in first.

    correct
     
  7. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Anyway, I don't think double soles would make the shoes unwearable with suits. In my opinion, the difference isn't so great that you could tell unless you were looking at the shoes alone.
    I wear double-soled shoes with suits regularly.
     
  8. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    It has a function, at least it used to.

    I find that rain can eventually seep through a single leather sole, if you walk for an extended period of time.

    Double leather with storm welt - I have yet to experience any rain leaks.
     
  9. furo

    furo Senior member

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    What is the rule for knowing when to have them resoled?
     
  10. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    You should resole it before it reaches the next layer of leather.

    If you reach the next layer, they can usually still be resoled without much drama.

    If you reach the third layer, some cobblers have problems or charge more due to more work involved.

    This is also true for heels but, heels can be replaced in their entirety without too much drama.
     
  11. imatlas

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    I like the reduced flex of a double sole, because I'm prone to pain in the metatarsal joint from excessive flexing. It's actually what first drew me to SF, when I googled for companies that offer double-oak soles. They do take a while to break in though, and until the "hinge" develops there tends to be more heel slippage (which may cause blisters if the shoes are snug in the heel).
     
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    I don't know if this has been discussed yet, but double soled shoes, being by nature more rigid, are beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis in their big toe joint.
     
  13. Gutman

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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.

    If the uppers are too thin or flexible on a double-soled shoe then the uppers might start to hinge instead of the sole. i have this a bit some some double-soled Barkers, but not on other double soled shoes with stiffer uppers. so depends on the shoe i suppose.
     
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    I like the reduced flex of a double sole, because I'm prone to pain in the metatarsal joint from excessive flexing. It's actually what first drew me to SF, when I googled for companies that offer double-oak soles. They do take a while to break in though, and until the "hinge" develops there tends to be more heel slippage (which may cause blisters if the shoes are snug in the heel).

    I don't know if this has been discussed yet, but double soled shoes, being by nature more rigid, are beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis in their big toe joint.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. hangten

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    I've ordered boots with the HAF sole and have noticed that it will also affect the character of the shoe aside from being a thicker sole. I buy all of my EGs on the 808 last as it gives a very sleek appearance. I have a pair of newmarket boots with the HAF sole and it mad the boot almost look gunboatish. I guess with the additional sole the outsole juts out even further. So be careful, the double sole does affect the look in addition to the thickness of the sole.
     
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    You're probably being sarcastic, but for those who think this is the case, just remember that the height of the heel is the only measurement of relevance. Double soles don't generally have thicker heels, so no difference in height.

    Don't mean to be sarcastic. at 5 ft 6, any help is welcomed. [​IMG]
     
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  18. kolecho

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    This is my preference too. My only exception is my recent norweger, for which I thought a full double sole would be more appropriate. It's already enough of a frankenshoe as it is... [​IMG]

    Vass cannot make Goyser welt shoes with single sole at the waist.
     
  19. gdl203

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    Vass cannot make Goyser welt shoes with single sole at the waist.

    I didn't know that. It's a little strange because they asked me to confirm I really wanted a simple double sole on that pair because the other pairs in my order were double tapering to single at the waist. I did confirm that's what I wanted.
     
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    I didn't know that. It's a little strange because they asked me to confirm I really wanted a simple double sole on that pair because the other pairs in my order were double tapering to single at the waist. I did confirm that's what I wanted.

    Hmmmm, triple sole tapering to a double [​IMG]
     

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