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Apr 30, 2010 - 3:01pm
BnewzSrumr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

leather soles in general, but i have a pair with rubber soles i wear if it's rainy out. Otherwise leather soles can soak through and your feet will be wet all day.

Apr 30, 2010 - 3:49pm
B-School Bound, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I posted this in another forum the other day, and it is very relevant here.

Ferragamo loafers, get the ones with the heavy rubber sole. I was reluctant to at first because I figured that I should by leather soled shoes but this guy in Italy talked me into them and now I swear by them. The first day I had them I wore them out of the store and talked around Florence for a few hours. They are by far the best shoes I have ever bought. I like their driving shoe as well, but it has a light sole and simply does not get the job done as well.

Rubber Soled Ferragamo Loafers, you will never buy another shoe again.

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Apr 30, 2010 - 3:58pm
samiam1234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

yeah i read that and found it interesting and was partially why i figured i would open the question up to all.

b-school do you have a link for the ones you have?

Apr 30, 2010 - 4:27pm
Felix Rohatyn, what's your opinion? Comment below:

B School I have to disagree, I think leather soles are essential for the office. Generally, most folks are overly casual with shoes (e.g., loafers really should not be worn with suits). If there is inclement weather, you can wear those rubber things that go over your shoes or some ducky boots.

May 3, 2010 - 4:52am
HF, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have worn rubber sole shoes for all my professional life and haven't had any problem with that. They are more confortable, they don't slip when it rains... That said, of course you have to choose carefully, all my shoes look just like normal suit shoes, I wear Prada Sport shoes (no, these are not sport shoes, the brand is Prada Sport). There are other brands that also build great rubber sole suit shoes (I have seen a pair from fratelli Rossetti and they look great) @B School I havent tried Ferragamo rubber sole shoes, but could you sent a link to have a look?
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May 3, 2010 - 10:46am
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Rubber soles do not = casual. Problem with rubber soles in general is that they are glue rather than sewn onto the bottom of you're shoes. Gluing is considered a cheap practice and looked down on. Rubber is a lot more comfortable to wear and frankly a lot more convenient.

If you are spending over $200 bucks for a pair of shoes get leather soles. When they wear out you can have them fixed for a minimal fee. I have a pair of coach shoes that I have worn for about 7 years, just got them re-soled a month ago for $50 bucks and they are good as new.

Quality lasts.

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Oct 18, 2017 - 7:20am
babloo43, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hi, I reckon that formal leather shoes are usually accepted or go well with the formal attire. So, i would suggest to get a shoe with a leather sole for its high durability and better experience.

I can even recommend a brand to buy leather shoes "tZaro" this brand will give you a great option for leather shoes and other men's leather accessories.

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:08am
tattoo17, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I personally think that rubber sole is fine. Leather sole is more classy, so it epends on the occasion, you can go for leather sole. But for a casual dressed up wor day/meeting, i think rubber sole is more than enough

Oct 22, 2017 - 1:16am
CorporateSellout, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I wear leather shoes with a rubber sole attached to the heel, so it doesn't wear as quickly. Rubber sole only shoes are for when it's raining.

Oct 24, 2017 - 2:10pm
PMaag, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wear some neat english shoes (crockett, cleverley, lobb) with dainite, no problem. And not a worry in the world come wintertime.

Nov 7, 2017 - 10:24pm
Whatever1984, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Rubber, unless you find a leather set that fits amazingly well. Go for very high end rubber though, and have a leather pair or two in reserve.

In NYC AM there is just too much walking to deal with leather full time. Even our talking heads wear rubber when they aren't going on TV. Contrary to popular belief re-soling top end rubber is possible.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Nov 7, 2017 - 10:46pm
Levered Beta Boy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Agree with PMaag on the English shoe with dainite sole. Gaziano & Girling makes a great dress boot for winter if you're looking for something a bit more unique. For non-English shoes, Carmina and Carlos Santos also have quality options at (significantly) lower price points than G&G/Lobb.

Nov 29, 2017 - 4:30pm
heister, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Leather mainly because that is at least an indicator of better quality. But when you really get into shoes you will realize that the last is the most important thing. Just for the love of god do not buy shoes with square toe boxes as those always look like shit regardless of the quality of materials used.

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Apr 21, 2022 - 7:50pm
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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