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The "Dumb Cordovan Question" thread reminded me of a question I have been meaning to ask. Hopefully Mac or another member with multiple Aldens will have some input.

I have never had the commando sole on any of my Aldens. I was wondering if there was any comfort difference between a double leather sole and the rubber. I find the leather sole to be excellent, but I also think I could make use of the commando in wet weather and snow.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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The "Dumb Cordovan Question" thread reminded me of a question I have been meaning to ask. Hopefully Mac or another member with multiple Aldens will have some input.

I have never had the commando sole on any of my Aldens. I was wondering if there was any comfort difference between a double leather sole and the rubber. I find the leather sole to be excellent, but I also think I could make use of the commando in wet weather and snow.

Thank you for your thoughts.

ds23pallas
In my experience, I have found that the comfort level in both the commando sole and the double leather sole to be equal. The commando sole works very well on damp title or marble floors. In snow or rain I protect the shoes with tingley overshoes
 

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commando soles on aldens

My experience is mixed. I actually found the commando sole to be fairly slippery on marble floors and even ice/slush. Also, they only looked good for less than a year. They do wear down to create that "flat, worn-out sole" look on the shoe when viewed from the side.

Comfort-wise, i find no difference between commando and leather.

when i sent my commando-soled calf bluchers back to Alden for recrafting I requested they replace them with the double-oak soles. Cost was the same and now I have a unique pair of shoes. And the Alden branded soles last for a long time--longer, in my experience, than the Alden-for-Brooks soles.
 

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I have both. I was a little disappointed in the Commando sole. It is not as durable as I thought. I thought it would be more like the virtually indestructible Vibram soles I have had on other shoes. I prefer leather.
 
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