Sunday, October 24, 2010
It may not last quite as long as the alternatives, but in my opinion crepe soles make for the most comfortable shoes a man can wear. Attach them to a pair of suede chukka boots or a chunky pair of bluchers and there is nothing better for walking around on holiday or weekends in the fall and early spring.
I say fall and early spring because crepe does not like bitter cold or excessive heat. Crepe soles are made from sheets of rubber called Plantation crepe, which gets rigid in the first case and sticky in the second. Either condition is easily fixable but neither is found on rainy 50 degree days (about 10 degrees Celsius) when crepe's traction in the wet is most appreciated.
When the season's first pair of moleskin trousers comes out of the closet, remember the crepe-soled chukkas.