Rubber soled dress shoes - vs.- Leather w/ Topy -- is there a difference visually?

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  1. jack12345

    jack12345 Active Member

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    I'm looking for a new pair of dress shoes (to wear with a suit) which:
    1. have good traction (have to walk regularly on wet/slippery surfaces) and
    2. have no clicky/tappy sound when walking on floors (have to be discreet/quiet)

    I understand rubber soled are usually considered inappropriate/less formal with a suit. However, visually what's the difference then between a thin rubber soled shoe vs. a leather shoe with a topy/vibram added? Visually (not in terms of durability/construction), is there a difference?

    Here's some rubber soled I'm considering (need plain toe, black):
    http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-provo-black-imported-leather
    http://www.zappos.com/florsheim-allen-limited-black-leather
    http://www.zappos.com/product/7680043/color/104
    http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-kilgore-plain-oxford-black-nappa
    http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-madison-plain-oxford-black

    Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    the sole edge.
     


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    msulinski Senior member

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    Just a warning, a leather-soled shoe, even with a sole guard, still has a bit of a "clack" to it. It is only slightly muted from plain leather.
     


  4. jack12345

    jack12345 Active Member

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    Do you mean the thickness of the sole edge or the look of the sole edge material (or both)? I've seen a number of rubber soles that are just as thin as leather, which is actually what made me ask my original question.

    Thanks. I didn't realize that. That would limit down my options...
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    this. imo, construction is equivalent to quality hence it is more important.
     


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    of the dress shoes that i have had, all of my leather soled AE's and one of my Cole Haans are actually the quietest. I have two pairs of Hugo's that click like no other... but the rest were surprisingly quiet.
     


  8. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You may want to look into Dainite soles.
     


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    Thanks for the suggestion. They're nice, and would solve my problem of traction and tapping sound. However, I need a plain toe (black). By chance any other suggestions for rubber soled shoes that have the quality look that leather has?

    How about these AE Provo, or any of the 5 shoes I linked in my original post.
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4214_1_40000000001_-1

    Thanks for all the input
     
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  10. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    Okay. I'll bite. Why can't you make sound when you walk?

    All my leather soled dress shoes have a distinctive sound when I'm walking on wood floors, etc.
     


  11. MarioImpemba

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    I would try to find a pair of AE Leeds on ebay. The black shell ones go for $100-150 all the time, which is an incredible bargain, or even the black calf. Then have a local cobbler throw on a Vibram sole of your choice for $25-50. Best of all worlds.

    Personally, I would not throw money at disposable, glued-on soled shoes like any of the 5 in your first post; especially given you have the opportunity now to invest in a business shoe that'll last you for decades.
     
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    He's a ninja, hence the request for a black shoe.

    On a serious note, Brooks Brothers has some shoes, like the Strand, that are made by Allen Edmonds that come preinstalled with a rubber half sole. That may be an option for you.

    Edit: My mistake, there is no plain toe one.
     
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