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How soft are Dainite?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kaizo, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Hi I've recently bought my first pair of 'proper shoes', Wallace from Barkers in burgundy. My question is that the leather sole seems to be relatively comfortable but when I resole it in the future and I choose to have some Dainites installed how much softer (if it is) would it be? Also do you have any other softer alternative other than: dainite, vibram, commando, crepe etc...

    Note:

    • I prefer softer soles
    • the current ones are single leather soled
    • they are goodyear welted

    Thanks in advanced :)
     
  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Dainite isn't soft and it wears like iron. It will even wear longer than leather.
    Welcome to Styleforum.
     
  3. Jorge

    Jorge Senior member

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    A single leather sole is imo the most comfortable, of the man made materials the Dainites have always felt to me - the stiffest.
     
  4. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Hi thanks for the welcome and reply. :)

    In that case would you have any recommendations for softer soles that I could try?

    Also does dainites become more flexible upon repeated use like the leather soles?

    Again thanks in advance.
     
  5. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    Dainite's quite hard but softens up a little with repeated wear - it grips really well in general but careful going from wet streets to dry laminate floor... It's tough too so works great as a value for money all rounder sole
     
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  6. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    Thank you all very much for your replies I think I will go for the old school dainite soles for their first resoling. :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012

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