- Feb 4, 2013
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I agree with your preference for sole protectors. If you walk around a lot on pavement it’s hard to find a better combination of comfort and durability than a double leather / sole protector combo. The neocork sole is also one of my favorites. Comfortable and nearly bulletproof. I don’t put sole protectors on oiled soles. I was told that because of the oil, the glue is not as effective. Metal toe plates are a good option though. I’ve put them on a few pairs. Enjoy your shoes in the city. The good news is that when they finally wear out, you don’t have to walk far for a repair or a replacement.I have always worn "dress" shoes with leather soles and had rubber sole protectors (aka toppers) put on them. The 9794 LWB and 9503 PTB both have the oiled leather soles but I am not sure if rubber sole protectors can be added so I may just wear them and when the soles need to be replaced go for non-oiled leather soles and have rubber sole protectors added. I like glued-on rubber sole protectors more than the Commando sole because it is easier and less expensive to replace (3 glued-on sole protectors for about each 1 full resole) than the Commando which is stitched-on and requires a full resole when the rubber portion wears out.
My first ever pair of Dailnite-like full rubber soles came on a pair of Carmina PTBs I purchased last summer and the experience has taught me that I hate hard full rubber soles with the passion of 1000 suns. Softer/blown rubber soles such as the Othello sole on my AE Wilbert is actually quite nice and comfortable. So, going forward I will continue to use full leather soles and rubber sole protectors for my "urban" shoes (or blown rubber soles such as the Alden branded Goodyear or Vibram ones they offer on some shoes and boots).