- Jan 9, 2021
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In theory a rubber sole does mean less breathability, but how much difference does it make in practise when the rest of the shoe is leather? I have a pair of unlined suede Shanklins that I use quite a bit during summer and I can't really feel it being more sweaty compared to similar shoes with leather soles.I have this sole on my Dovers and it's amazing indeed.
But don't you think you lose a bit of flexibility, breathability and suppleness compared to a leather sole?
For a boot or if it rains a lot, the tradeoff is obvious but for a summer or dress shoes, I think I still prefer a leather sole, don't you?
These days I tend to prefer rubber soles (of various thicknesses) for all my footwear except for nicer dress shoes (where leather simply looks better). Perhaps if I lived in a warmer city I would have more leather soles but in Stockholm a leather soled shoe is mostly restricted to summer and spring (not just because of the weather but because the city fills the pavement with gravel to reduce slippage which is not great for leather soles).