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Stick with Leather Or Should I Go Commando?

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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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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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