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Old 25-04-2018, 07:54 AM   #61
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I bought a good stock of black and brown flat laces from A Fine Pair of Shoes - just 2! They also sell Saphir products far more cheaply than most local merchants.

Can check anyone knows where to get flat laces?
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Old 25-04-2018, 07:59 AM   #62
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Only by appointment, try emailing them

where's the showroom? sent them a message on fb but no reply yet
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Old 25-04-2018, 08:01 AM   #63
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I topy mine but there are folks who have multiple pair of shoes everywhere, in the car, in the office etc and can swap out to rubber when required

yeah.. there are some folks on the style and fashion forums that think topys are nuts... frankly, in our weather, it'd be nuts not to have rubber soles..
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Old 25-04-2018, 08:19 AM   #64
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I am probably one of the few who almost never topy my leather sole shoes.
If it comes with Dainite or vibram when i bought them, fine.
But if i buy a pair of leather sole shoes, i like them that way.

It feels more comfortable, the shoes breathe better.

Yes, i risk slipping once in a while in an oily kopitiam or wet granite floor. But vibram will also wear out and become slippery too.

Anyone else go 'commando'?
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Old 25-04-2018, 10:04 AM   #65
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I am probably one of the few who almost never topy my leather sole shoes.
If it comes with Dainite or vibram when i bought them, fine.
But if i buy a pair of leather sole shoes, i like them that way.

It feels more comfortable, the shoes breathe better.

Yes, i risk slipping once in a while in an oily kopitiam or wet granite floor. But vibram will also wear out and become slippery too.

Anyone else go 'commando'?
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I prefer to topy... more of a practical man and slipping can be dangerous and not just embarrassing. Worn out topy can be replaced easily but resoling can be a big headache as not all makers will accept resoling, meaning you end up going to 3rd parties to resole and the result may not be good. Of course, for GYW shoes one can also argue that the filling will break down and will require a re-welt.
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Old 25-04-2018, 10:41 AM   #66
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Yes, I go commando my friend. 💪

Leather is a natural material and should be allowed to breathe, considering how much moisture our feet are subject to. A layer of rubber is only going to impede that and IMHO, will lead to the structural integrity of the shoe being compromised in the long run. My only concession to ‘stability’ and ‘prolonged wear’ is getting metal toe taps attached - I try as far as possible to get this done when brand new and by the original maker.

If you really need that layer, go for vibram it dainite doles from the outset.

I am probably one of the few who almost never topy my leather sole shoes.
If it comes with Dainite or vibram when i bought them, fine.
But if i buy a pair of leather sole shoes, i like them that way.

It feels more comfortable, the shoes breathe better.

Yes, i risk slipping once in a while in an oily kopitiam or wet granite floor. But vibram will also wear out and become slippery too.

Anyone else go 'commando'?
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Old 25-04-2018, 10:42 AM   #67
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Old 25-04-2018, 11:30 AM   #68
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Raw is war man....

I prefer to topy... more of a practical man and slipping can be dangerous and not just embarrassing. Worn out topy can be replaced easily but resoling can be a big headache as not all makers will accept resoling, meaning you end up going to 3rd parties to resole and the result may not be good. Of course, for GYW shoes one can also argue that the filling will break down and will require a re-welt.
I am with arcfire on this generally. I usually wear the leather soles between 5-10 times before I topy..

Oak bark soles are really hardy though and I have yet to topy for this pair which I've worn probably over 20x.. but this is a good reminder that it is about time.
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Old 25-04-2018, 12:32 PM   #69
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I am with arcfire on this generally. I usually wear the leather soles between 5-10 times before I topy..

Oak bark soles are really hardy though and I have yet to topy for this pair which I've worn probably over 20x.. but this is a good reminder that it is about time.
I find slipping happens to both leather or topy soles when walking on wet tiles or oily floors.
I go for topy all the time because my toe spring wears the front tip fast. Topy at least resolves that problem for me.
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Old 25-04-2018, 12:42 PM   #70
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I find slipping happens to both leather or topy soles when walking on wet tiles or oily floors.
I go for topy all the time because my toe spring wears the front tip fast. Topy at least resolves that problem for me.
Agree on slippery factor.

Call me a cheapo but rubber is more long lasting and easier/cheaper to replace than a re-soling. I have yet to experience (touchwood) the part about topy compromising structural integrity of shoes, which is probably the biggest concern that will swing me against topy.

And last but not least, you are not alone. I think most people wear out the front tip and heel fastest. Those are the weakest links IMHO.
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Old 25-04-2018, 01:08 PM   #71
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I have yet to need re-soling any leather sole shoes.....

Save on topy and re-soling..... Buy new shoes.
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Old 25-04-2018, 01:18 PM   #72
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Interested to know how long did yours last?

I have yet to need re-soling any leather sole shoes.....

Save on topy and re-soling..... Buy new shoes.
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Old 25-04-2018, 01:35 PM   #73
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Interested to know how long did yours last?
I think he belongs to the group that typically don't get a chance to wear a pair of shoes more than once a month by rotating through a healthy (or sick?) collection.
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Old 25-04-2018, 02:04 PM   #74
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I am probably one of the few who almost never topy my leather sole shoes.
If it comes with Dainite or vibram when i bought them, fine.
But if i buy a pair of leather sole shoes, i like them that way.

It feels more comfortable, the shoes breathe better.

Yes, i risk slipping once in a while in an oily kopitiam or wet granite floor. But vibram will also wear out and become slippery too.

Anyone else go 'commando'?
This. I have slipped wearing dainite far more often than on leather.
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Old 25-04-2018, 02:08 PM   #75
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Haha ok point taken

If anyone knows, will be interested to know how long a pair of topy or leather sole can last.

I have a pair of EB on vibram, wore it for ~110 days. The sole looks still good but there is a small split at the toe.

I think he belongs to the group that typically don't get a chance to wear a pair of shoes more than once a month by rotating through a healthy (or sick?) collection.
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