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Patent shoes - Help needed

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by laufer, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    Folks,

    I am in the market for patent leather shoes. I narrowed the choices to Herring Waltz II and Church's Alastair. I was wondering if some of you could tell me why is it that some patent shoes are made with all leather heel. Most of the shoes nowdays have full rubber heel or 1/4 rubber tip built into heel. Are there any reasons for patent shoes to have all leather heel. I know that Brooks Brothers patent shoes have all leather heel. It looks like Church's Alastair has full leather heel too.

    the links to the shoes

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=4&shoeid=69


    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=5286
     
  2. hermes man

    hermes man Senior member

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    I love patent shoes
     
  3. tgt465

    tgt465 Senior member

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    The main purpose of the rubber is to cushion your step when walking on hard surfaces such as concrete pavement. It also gives you grip on slippery surfaces. If you're using the shoes mostly in an indoor environment on soft carpet, neither of these issues apply. The all-leather heel is in some ways more elegant, being minimalistic. It also makes a nice statement, that you can afford shoes that only look nice and have little functional purpose.
     
  4. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    Thank you for your responses. I thought it had to do something with walking on the red carpet. I was assuming that the rubber tip would be rubbing the carpet when walking.
     

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