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Dress Shoe Soles

bnussbaum12

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I have been interested in some Allen Edmond dress shoes for work due to the good reviews I read about here. I currently have Johnston & Murhpy's which aren't as highly praised.

My question was about the design on the sole of the dress shoes. All of Allen Edmond's shoes seem to have a plain sole which gets very scuffed and looks bad after a couple of wears. I much prefer soles that have some design or even traction (this may help when it's wet and slippery) like this:



Do any Allen Edmonds dress shoes have this kind of sole? Or is it possible for a shoe repair shop to add it?

Thanks!
 

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Sure! Some cheaper AE models have a rubber sole like you picture there. Typically on cheaper shoes (ruling out some Dainite soles on expensive shoes), a rubber sole is the mark of a cheaply made glued on sole that will wear out and fall apart very quickly.

My suggestion is to buy a nice welted shoe with a leather sole, and then simply go to your local cobbler and have him apply a rubber topy over the bottom of your shoe for $10-20. Best of both worlds.
 

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Thanks- do most people add the rubber topy to their more expensive dress shoes or just leave the exposed leather sole to get scuffed?
 

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Its a personal opinion. Some people topy all their shoes. I'd say more people on this forum don't do it. Personally I dont. Some of my shoes (pair of Alden Indy Boots in particular) have them because I wanted to be able to kick around and not worry so much.
 

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Stick with the leather sole and buy some swims or other rubber covers to wear outside on those days its raining/wet and you need to walk outside.
 

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Originally Posted by bnussbaum12
Thanks- do most people add the rubber topy to their more expensive dress shoes or just leave the exposed leather sole to get scuffed?

I have topy's on mine. Advantages outweigh the disadvantages(if any). Cost and time it takes for resole made me a convert.
 

Roger Everett

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Originally Posted by bnussbaum12

My question was about the design on the sole of the dress shoes. All of Allen Edmond's shoes seem to have a plain sole which gets very scuffed and looks bad after a couple of wears. I much prefer soles that have some design or even traction (this may help when it's wet and slippery) like this:


If you're a young man on the way up -- the only people who will see your soles are the ones you walk over on way up


[/quote] Do any Allen Edmonds dress shoes have this kind of sole? Or is it possible for a shoe repair shop to add it?

[/quote]

As mentioned you can always have an overlay installed to the soles
 

bnussbaum12

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what's the typical pricing to get the topy over overlay? (in US$)
 

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Originally Posted by bnussbaum12
Thanks- do most people add the rubber topy to their more expensive dress shoes or just leave the exposed leather sole to get scuffed?

I have four pairs of high quality Goodyear welted shoes. None of them have rubber topy's attached. I like the look and feel of leather. This is my personal preference. After an hour of walking around, slipperiness should not be an issue...
 

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slipperiness should not be an issue
I agree that 90% of the time it's okay. I'll admit there were several recent incidents where I almost slipped on hospital flooring that was wet. For this reason, I decided to get mine topied also.
 

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