Wooden Soled Shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TopHatChef, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. TopHatChef

    TopHatChef Senior member

    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Location:
    Palm Beach County, FL
    I was at a Nordstrom a few years ago and remember seeing shoes that I believe had a wooden sole. This intrigues me, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any brands that made shoes with wooden soles (something like an oxford).
     


  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

    Messages:
    6,501
    Likes Received:
    473
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Location:
    The Arena - Centerfield
    There are no makers of mens dress shoes with wooden soles that I am aware of.
     


  3. md2010

    md2010 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,926
    Likes Received:
    655
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2011
    Location:
    Sydney
    

    I think the sole was painted to look like wood. Wood has poor shock absorption . I don't think any maker makes shoes with wooden soles. Also not sure how a maker would keep the leather upper and wooden sole together. Unless of course the upper is also wood then simple nail job ......

    Sorry... I have read some shoe description says " Furniture painted leather sole". So I am guessing you may have seen one of those.
     


  4. TopHatChef

    TopHatChef Senior member

    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Location:
    Palm Beach County, FL
    That's what I was thinking because I thought it would be impractical to have a wooden sole on my shoe, but I just had that thought in the back of my head.
     


  5. NORE

    NORE Senior member

    Messages:
    5,495
    Likes Received:
    299
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Location:
    Back On Here


  6. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

    Messages:
    4,908
    Likes Received:
    1,153
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010


  7. NORE

    NORE Senior member

    Messages:
    5,495
    Likes Received:
    299
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Location:
    Back On Here


  8. md2010

    md2010 Senior member

    Messages:
    1,926
    Likes Received:
    655
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2011
    Location:
    Sydney
    

    Hi, just checked the links that you have shared. These guys selling on ebay has no idea of shoes. Look at the feedback. They are no shoe expert. One of my friend thought his leather sole was wood. I explained him that was not wood . He still not convinced ! He recons if it look like wood , feels like wood and makes noises like wood (when he walks) it must be wood ! I maybe wrong. But unless someone can show some “Real Description” from official manufacturer…
    I have heard of wooden heels but I think its more of colour like cordovan is not necessarily Shell Cordovan.
    My0.02 !
     
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012


  9. Aaron01

    Aaron01 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,136
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Location:
    SoCal
    Some leather soles are painted to look like wood....
     


  10. greyinla

    greyinla Senior member

    Messages:
    273
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2008
    There are certainly wooden-soled shoes out there (clogs, some women's sandals, etc.) but the stacked heels on men's dress shoes are typically made of layers of leather. They do look a bit like layers of wood or plywood, leading to some confusion.
     


  11. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

    Messages:
    1,503
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    My only wooden sole shoes are for Oly lifting. There are wooden shanks in my dress shoes but I've not seen anything from Nordstrom that had a wooden sole. Maybe just the heel.
     


  12. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

    Messages:
    14,724
    Likes Received:
    2,328
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009


  13. anginaprinzmetal

    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

    Messages:
    1,550
    Likes Received:
    95
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2010
    Location:
    west of the strip ...
    :lurk:
     


  14. stevent

    stevent Senior member

    Messages:
    9,556
    Likes Received:
    1,431
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    Some To Boot soles look very much like wood for some reason, pretty sure they are leather though
     


  15. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

    Messages:
    6,501
    Likes Received:
    473
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Location:
    The Arena - Centerfield
    There are a lot of neophytes out there (99% of the population) who know nothing about shoes or their construction.
    It is common to see these confused (though I am sure, well-intentioned) souls refer to leather soles as wood soles.
    They may have read, for example, the words 'oak bark tanned soles' and concluded the soles were made from oak.
    Clearly they know nothing of either shoes or wood for that matter. Once in awhile this even works to a buyers advantage when the seller doesn't understand what they are selling.
    Therefore,.......erm....what was this thread about again?
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by