SAVE OUR LEATHER SOLES

  • Emerald elegance
    Emerald elegance
    Attract attention of the good kind in these metallic La Paire beauties. The black and white print adds to the bold look without appearing garish.
  • Simple starfish
    Simple starfish
    Channel the seaside in these simple gold Aspiga slides, with beaded starfish appliqué.
  • Tassel tease
    Tassel tease
    Chunky colourful beads and tassels provide strong contrast against slim black straps on these Sam Edelman toe-post sandals.
  • Garnished Greek
    Garnished Greek
    Iris make sleek leather styles with pretty embellishments. The footwear is made in the sunny island of Crete. Here, grey and tan combine unexpectedly.
  • Tomato touch
    Tomato touch
    Fancy trying a splash of colour, without losing your beloved black completely? LK Bennett let you do just that with these contrast sandals.
  • Silver school
    Silver school
    Bring out your inner child without looking juvenile, in these Hudson T-bars. Silver makes for an easy day-to-night option.
  • Oh orange
    Oh orange
    Classic French styling comes from Isabel Marant, in the form of these adjustable cross strap flats. Delicious with Navy, or Breton stripes.
  • Strappy studs
    Strappy studs
    Ash know how to make a woman's feet look rock-chick fabulous. Do the band T-shirt thing, or pair with tailoring for just a hint of rebellion.

 

Have you ever wondered whether leather soles on shoes are better than rubber?

The answer is yes, and also no.

Yes

Leather soles look great. They can give a rustic natural, hand-crafted look, or be beautifully finished to give a refined aesthetic.

They are more breathable than other sole materials. This makes them great in warmer weather, on sandals or shoes.

If your bare foot sits on the leather sole, the moisture from your skin will be absorbed into the sole. This stops your feet from feeling clammy, and will make them more comfortable.

Leather soles on sandals form to your unique foot shape, making them extra comfortable.

No

Leather soles and rain are a bad combination. The sole will absorb some moisture, and become softer. This means that walking on wet leather soles wears them down more quickly.

You are also more likely to slip whilst wearing wet leather-soled shoes than rubber equivalents.

Just as shoes with leather uppers cost more than those made from synthetic alternatives, you can expect to pay more for leather soles.

Should you buy them?

An easy way to try out leather soles for the first time, is to pick a style which you would only wear in warm, dry weather anyway.

Have a look at the slide show of leather-soled sandals above to find your pair.

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