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Sof Soles' Sure Step (improves shoe traction)

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I recently came acroos these and I was just curious if anyone has used these? They're suppose to improve traction. It is a thin rubber layer that sticks to the sole. It might also help leather soles last a bit longer?

I know it is probably better to go to a clobber but is this a decent alternative for $4 (2 pairs)? Is it no good? Just curious.

 

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used something similar and they came of within a few days wear..
 

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I use them. The traction they provide is a plus. They have trouble sticking to rough soles so it is best to put them on while the soles are still smooth. It might be best to seek out a cobbler for a more permanent solution if you are dealing with soles that are in less than stellar condition.
 

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I'll give it a shot and put it on the shoes with a leather sole that I use the most.

Thanks.
 

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what's a clobber? you mean cobbler?

topies from a cobbler would cost you only $5 or so and would stick on indefinitely.
 

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Originally Posted by stickonatree
what's a clobber? you mean cobbler?

topies from a cobbler would cost you only $5 or so and would stick on indefinitely.


Haha, my bad on the "clobber." Does it really cost that low to get rubber toppies?
 

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I have had toppies put on my shoes/boots many times over the years. I do recommend them but only if they're the thinner variety, that won't interfere with the appearance of the shoe.

and would stick on indefinitely.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that they'll stay on "indefinitely." No matter what cobbler has put them on for me, after the shoes have been worn for some time the toppies will eventually begin to come away from the sole...Not much mind you, usually just a little separation just under the tips (for me anyway)...enough to warrant immediate replacement of the toppies when it occurs. But they're inexpensive enough and easy to replace. Far better to do that than to attempt replacing the soles.

Nowadays I tend to have small, rubber "plates" put on my shoes/boots instead of the toppies (I've reached the point where I am most comfortable wearing boots 95% of the time). I have the plates placed at the heels and at the tips. Works surprisingly similar to the toppies but they wear better.

Dennis
 

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Finding a cobbler was harder than I thought. I've been to every cobbler within the 10 mile radius of my house and they charge about $25-$35 to toppy a pair of shoe, which is where they cover the whole sole with rubber and shape it accordingly. I even explained to them that I just wanted a thin layer of rubber for traction and I was told that they do not do that or had no knowledge of it. I would have assumed every cobbler would know what I was talking about when I say rubber toppy but that was not the case at all.

They have the a rubber stick-on similar to the SofSole SureStep in the store and I explained to them that I am looking for something like that but something a cobbler places on the shoe, but still no luck. They want to sell me the SureStep-like stick-ons but in these cobblers store they cost almost 3 times the SofSole one, about $5 a pair for a small stick on rubber.
 

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