New dress shoes' soles too slick........

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Timothy, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. Timothy

    Timothy Senior member

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    Mar 5, 2002
    I've recently picked up a pair of Bally dress shoes and the sole's are as slick as oil when walking on carpet. I am wondering how, or even can I get them to have more traction? Should I walk around outside in the gravel for a while to wear out the sole's a little? Thank you.

  2. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    When they are brand new they have a coating on them that wears off quickly. If you want to scuff them, do so on smoothish concrete, not gravel, because gravel will harm them more than neccessary and may get up into the leather and scratch it. Just go skate around on some concrete for a while and they will grip a bit better. It does take some getting used to walking in them. When they are scuffed to where the coating is all gone, you can take them to a shoe shop and have rubber sole patches glued to the bottoms, which will help. I need to take 3 pairs of shoes in and have this done to all of them, because I can't stand sliding on carpet; it makes me feel like I'm getting nowhere.

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