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Rock hard leather inner and outer soles can beat your poor feet to a pulp. Here's what I do....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    I wouldn't dare show the main house. Those are the servants quarters. I do not allow anyone into my home while wearing a watch costing more than $15. I wouldn't even post a picture due to the fear of you peasants "aping the upper class". You're black shoes probably cost more than $500 too. This conversation is over!
     
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  2. aj_del

    aj_del Senior member

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    How many times has the amount of $800 mentioned by Reevolving ?
     
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  3. swiego

    swiego Senior member

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    800 times!

    (ducks)
     
  4. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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  5. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    so you're ok taking shoe advice from a guy who sticks maxi pads in his shoes.

    noted
     
  6. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    Think I'll just leave this here.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. deadly7

    deadly7 Senior member

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    How is Reev still here? :-\
     
  8. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    His posts drive traffic to SF.
     
  9. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    That's because he asks the hard-hitting questions. :nodding:
     
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    ...about cognitive dissonance.
     
  11. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    :slayer:


    :decisions:


    :stirpot:
     
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  12. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Increasingly, I find myself reaching for my rubber soled shoes to head to work.
    I just can't stand the thought of starting my day knowing I will have to endure an entire day on unforgiving rigid leather soles.

    Screw that.
    I pretty much have stopped using my leather soled shoes, and prefer the dreamy comfort of the modern miracle compound.

    No, it's not the fit.
    Stiff hard leather is just not as soft as pliable rubber.
    That's why when you design car tires, you'd use leather b/c it's so dreamy soft.
    There is a good reason the entire human population prefers comfortable rubber soled shoes.

    Has anyone else here stopped wearing shoes with leather soles?
     
  13. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    This forum seems to have died a slow death. Pretty much a ghost town.
    Has anyone reported on traffic since the money grubbing Huddler transition?
     
  14. TomW

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    No, I find leather infinitely more comfortable. The forum has not died, but only those questions of interest are answered.
     
  15. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Sold off all my remaining leather soled shoes.
    Or replaced them with rubber.
    Life is just so much better this way.
    Anyone else in this camp?

    Is this forum as active as it was back in 2010 ?
     
  16. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Is this forum as active as it was back in 2010 ?

    Sold off all my remaining leather soled shoes.
    Or replaced them with rubber.

    Life is just so much better this way.
    Anyone else in this camp?
     
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  17. Zacharrrr

    Zacharrrr Well-Known Member

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    same here. Rubber all the way. Its not worth to endure the pain and ruin my feet.
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    Meh. Orange shoes is the new black. Get some real brown shoes.
     
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    nh10222 Well-Known Member

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    This is an old thread but the current body of posts already spans three years, so what the hell...

    The majority of my shoes are actually Balmoral boots with single leather soles, although I have several with Dainite and Commando. Some fit very well, some not quite so well, and others poorly.

    The well-fitting pairs are comfortable irrespective of sole composition; I have spent whole days in them without any obvious acute harmful effects. But it's certainly not something I do every day. With a shortage of good cobblers in Australia, I cannot afford to wear them out too quickly. Even Dainite can wear out at an alarming rate, particularly on the heel, and I suspect it is worse where the fit is slightly too roomy - something which tends to happen for those who don’t fill their wardrobes with bespoke. Rubber also tends to be heavier, which can't help.

    I've had a nasty fall overseas on easy rocky terrain (it was basically one great big rock) while wearing double leather soled boots with Topy and toe tap. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained except for a gouge to the calf upper. But if I were 30-40 years older (as I suspect some SF members are), I could easily have broken bones - something best avoided overseas with the complications of international health insurance etc.

    One pair of Barker purple suede brogue Oxfords are a close fit but have extremely thin leather soles and are simply not comfortable for walking on hard surfaces. Another pair, Barker semi-brogues in hideous plastic polished cobbler (my mistake) have a seemingly comfortable insole and lining but a similar super-thin leather sole. With both pairs, they feel OK while walking apart from the hammerblow transmitted through my joints with every step - the real pain begins after I sit down, with hours of aches in my feet and lower legs.

    So, despite what the traditionalists say, I have a lot of sympathy for your position, which arises from my own experience. The long-term health of my feet and joints is of some concern. Notwithstanding that, I have not stopped buying leather-soled footwear.

    It's probably true that while we evolved to have natural shock absorption and can live for >80 years under ideal conditions, we did not evolve to thrive for that long in harsh, untamed environments, let alone to walk for that long on hard concrete surfaces. Moreover, many natural surfaces are actually quite soft. Many of us are also probably heavier than our ancestors in terms of fat and muscle. Two thousand years ago, Roman soldiers wore leather sandals with leather soles and hob nails, but how long did those sandals last and what was the life expectancy of those men? I'd say a few months and about 40 years, respectively. Apparently, slips and falls on those soles were not unheard of, too.

    Where extended walking, rough or slippery surfaces and heavy impacts are expected, I now wear rubber. Wherever running is deemed a possibility, I wear rubber, if not sneakers. If I'm on carpeted office floors all day, can put my feet up and show off, I wear leather. The fashion-aware bosses love it as do hypergamous women who know that such shoes = £sd $c [​IMG]

    Contrary to some opinion regarding rubber's being hotter: with some single leather soles I can clearly feel the heat of sun-baked pavements in Australian summers, whereas Dainite provides insulation. However, I concede that if the heat is originating from inside it might find its way out more easily with leather.
     
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