December 8th, 2016
Five of the Best: Rubber Sole Shoes
In the cold and wet winter months, Goodyear Welted rubber soles provide improved grip and durability. Loake offers a wide selection of shoes with various rubber soles – including the traditional Dainite and Commando and our own Victory – and upper designs that suit different looks and occasions ranging from rugged country styles to more formal shoes.
Here are five of our favourites:
Edward is a premium country-style brogue, available in tan. Edward uses our own design chunky ‘Victory’ rubber sole unit to give a high level of grip and durability. Edward is a wide (G) fitting brogue made using the Pennine last, customers that normally take a standard width shoe may find they need a half size smaller in this style.
Chester is one of our longer running styles, and remains a popular shoe. It is available with either a leather sole, or with the rubber studded ‘Dainite’ sole as seen here. Chester is a standard (F) width brogue shoe, albeit with a little extra room built in to accommodate thicker socks often worn with this type of shoe. Chester rubber sole is available in black, mid brown, and tan.
A chunky rubber soled style, the plain tie Epsom model uses the ‘Commando’ sole with its heavy raised tread to give a high level of grip and wear in all conditions. Epsom uses a waxy leather upper and is available in mid brown.
Another ‘Dainite’ soled shoe, the Cadogan punched toe shoe has a slightly more formal appearance due to having a flat welt, rather than the ‘split reverse’ welt and heavier construction that we use in Edward or Chester for example, but it still retains the practicality and durability of the rubber studded sole. Cadogan is available in black and mid brown calf leathers.
Model 806 is a contemporary toe cap oxford shoe, made using black polished leather. Like the Cadogan it is a flat welted shoe giving it a sleek profile, along with the high shine upper making it eminently suitable for formal wear.