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Which brand do you prefer? - for your soles and heels

Vibram
8 (53.3%)
Dainite
2 (13.3%)
Cat's Paw
2 (13.3%)
Other brands
1 (6.7%)
A combination .. / mix
2 (13.3%)

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Offline Finkster

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Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« on: March 20, 2016, 08:14:33 am »
Shoes and boots are our daily companions .. and beside the comfort, is a good traction very important.
Some soles are too slippery - others are too sensitive (and the next cobbler is your best friend) .. Is this brand specific? - resp. 'Do you have a favorite brand for your soles & heels?'

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Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2016, 09:45:02 am »
Is there anybody who knows this Bootmaker?


http://sagaraindonesia.com/site/


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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 10:07:25 am »
Vibram for the win imho. After that it's the following factors:

1. Practical use
2. Aesthetics

I need good grip all year round, because of snow/ice/slush from october-may, and a lot of loose grit and mud the rest of the time. I could have #100 on everything and that would be fine. But they are a little large and in your face at times. I've just ordered a pair of custom Wesco's and would have loved a #705 sole because of point 2. above but went for the #430 because of point 1. Hopefully they'll be the perfect year round compromise sole.


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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 12:44:48 pm »
Is there anybody who knows this Bootmaker?
http://sagaraindonesia.com/site/

NoKipple offers some Sagara Boots in Europe (for a very good price) ... I've personally no experience with this shoes.
http://nokipple.com/pages/sagara
@Megatron1505 could help you surely for further questions

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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2016, 12:57:43 pm »
^^ I'm also a sucker for full Vibram soles / heels ... I had / have a lot of other brands and different combos on my boots --- no grip with Dainite, Cat's Paw heels crumbling after a few months of constant wearing, etc. ... If, I have the option to choose - Vibram!

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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2016, 01:20:34 pm »
vibrams have been the most durable for me. for a long time (1980's i think). especially on riding boots (bike) or at offices with carpet over cement.  for ranch / horseback riding, prefer leather.  Just a few years ago i learned that leather sole life can be extended by treating them with a conditioner/oil as well.  I started doing this but debatable as to if and how long it extends the leather life. IMHO.

only had 1 pr of cats paw.  not impressed. only lasted a couple of months (literally 2 i think) before they started crumbling (bad).  quite a few years ago. on a pr of western boots. 

had a pr done in crepe (dont recal the brand). super comfy but not very practical or durable.  id go with it again on a pr of boots if i was standing all day.

very pleased with sole, comfort, and wear on my Iron Rangers.

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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2016, 01:35:46 pm »
I like Vibram and Biltrite. As to say which is better would be difficult.
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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2016, 01:41:10 pm »
@G.F, drop me a PM if you need info on Sagara  :)
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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2016, 10:16:53 pm »
Dunno who makes them, but the commando soles on my Viberg boots are pretty great.  I'd put them on par with any of the Vibram soles I've had.

Dainite soles are only useable on dry surfaces.  Anything wet and they slide all over the place.

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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2016, 01:18:49 am »
I like the Commando soles too. They're reasonably discrete on dressier boots, as the cleats are set back from the edge, so not so visible.

Aesthetically, I'm a fan of the full ripple Vibram sole. It's very soft and comfortable to walk on, but seems to wear down pretty quickly. I've probably had three or four months total out of mine, and the heel end of the sole is getting close to needing replacement.

The Dr. Soles on my W and Anchor shoes have stood up well. The rubber heels need replacing (and the heel liners are ripped), so they're another option for more traditional workshoes.

I don't have any particular preference for brands, but prefer soles that have a decent tread and lifespan.

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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2016, 07:19:48 am »
I make my assessment based across the whole continuum of situation that my boot soles & heels may find themselves in. I find I can trust my life in my boot soles & heels, on Crib Goch (see below), in Vibram so its Vibram for me;





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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2016, 07:27:16 am »
^ unfit for daily use  ;)

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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2016, 07:28:55 am »
^ unfit for daily use  ;)

The Meindl Air Revolution boot is, agreed. However I'm highlighting the Vibram brand as my choice through this demonstartion  ;)
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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2016, 07:49:13 am »

Dunno who makes them, but the commando soles on my Viberg boots are pretty great.  I'd put them on par with any of the Vibram soles I've had.

Dainite soles are only useable on dry surfaces.  Anything wet and they slide all over the place.

Which Viberg's? My Viberg Smoke Jumpers have the Vibram #100 which I hear people call a commando sole.


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Re: Favorite shoe soles & heels?
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2016, 12:22:01 pm »
Man vibram is overwhelmingly the winner.  I like a goodyear heel-they last forever.  Actually the sole guards are decent to and have get many a pair of boots going strong for miles and miles.