All About Soles

Leather, rubber, a combination of the two, at Allen Edmonds we offer dozens of different soles for our shoes. From dress to casual and for all types of weather, each sole we make is designed for a specific purpose. Understanding the different types of soles is the key to getting a shoe that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Leather Soles

A fine leather sole adds a touch of elegance to any shoe and also gives it a level of natural breathability.

Single Oak Sole
Double Oak Sole

Single VS Double Leather Soles

Single leather soles are sleek and elegant and are the best choice for classic dress shoes. Double leather soles are made using two pieces of leather rather than just one, so they are thicker and wear longer, and look a little more casual.

Our most popular leather soles

Single/Double Leather
Single Butyl Handsewn Sole

Leather & Butyl

The most classic of soles, leather, are best suited for dress occasions. The butyl leather soles have been oil infused for enhanced flexibility and added protection.

Specialty Leather Soles

independence Sole


Dress leather sole with hand stained, two-tone finish, and a dovetail combination heel for added traction.

Rendenbach Sole


German made legendary sole since 1871. High end, breathable, flexible and water resistant. Used for Cordovan shoes only.

Rubber Soles

Vintage Double Leather Sole

For added traction and long-lasting durability in all types of weather, a rubber sole is the best option.

Featured Rubber Soles

Red Dainite Sole
Black Dainite Sole
Blue Dainite Sole

Dainite Soles

Since 1910, Dainite has been creating rubber soles that blend sleek styling with sure footing. The studded pattern is designed so that dirt does not remain in the sole. Available in red, black, and blue.

Vibram Gumlite Sole Vibram Strighton Cup Sole


Since 1937, Vibram® has been a pioneer in vulcanized rubber technology. Their soles are famous for superior all-weather grip and durability, and optimal cushioning for any terrain or activity.

XL Henry Sole XL Breezy Sole XL Madison Sole

Extra Lightweight

Casual rubber soles designed to be extra light but also flexible, comfortable, and rugged enough for all-weather wear. They also afford natural shock absorption for recreational activities and sustained walks.

Combination Soles

Vintage Double Leather Sole

The best of both worlds, the combination soles give you the look of leather with the benefits of rubber.

Featured Combination Soles

V-Tread Rubber Tap Sole
Fineline Tap Sole

V-tread & Fineline Tap

These soles have a classic dress profile, but with a flexible rubber forepart and rubber heel that provide enhanced traction for all weather wearing occasions. The Fineline Tap also includes a leather tap on the toe.