Different Types of Boot Soles and their Advantages

by Jason Flores

Are you tired of your feet hurting at the end of a long day? Or maybe you’re trying to decide between two different types of soles and need some help deciding. Here’s a quick guide on what type is best for you!

Imagine walking barefoot on a road studded with stones?

Isn’t it a bit frightening?

Different Types of Boot Soles and their Advantages
Different Types of Boot Soles and their Advantages

You will not only experience severe foot pain, but also severe pain in the entire leg.

It’s like walking barefoot if a boot doesn’t have a sole. You would experience foot pain if you wore boots without soles. Therefore, soles are the most important part of a boot.

Buying a boot with a bad sole is like buying a shirt without a bottom, because there are too many different types of soles available today.

The purpose of this article is to explain to you the different types of soles used in boots and why rubber soles are the best.

Here we go!

Shoe sole characteristics

Different factors are taken into consideration when choosing or making soles for footwear. The soles of men’s shoes are usually different from women’s. Women’s shoes should fit over high heels and be narrower.

The soles’ drawing is an important feature. If the sole is smooth, it can slip. To address this, each brand adds its own illustrations to enhance grip. Another important aspect is the flexibility. The shoe’s fit depends largely on the foot. The thickness and weight are also important, as they influence the shoes’ cushioning and comfort. Different materials have different characteristics.

Types of Boot Soles

1. Rubber Soles

The first type of boot sole is the rubber one. These are often found on rain boots and work well for anyone looking to keep their feet warm in winter months or protect them from water damage if they get caught outside during a storm. The second type of heel is made out of felt, which can be worn exclusively outdoors because it’s not as durable as other options. Felt soles also give your shoes more texture and grip than slippery leather ones would, making this an excellent choice if you spend most of your time walking around town rather than just standing at home with dry floors all day long.

Rubber sole is essential for many reasons, a few of which are as follows:

  • They prevent slipping and falling. Slip-resistant rubber soles provide better grip on slippery surfaces. Additionally, they are water and oil resistant. So you don’t need to worry about bringing extra socks to work in muddy or wet conditions.
  • They prevent from falling. With a steel toe cap, quality safety footwear provides you with protection from any accidents, whether you’re slipping on sand or misplacing your sledgehammer. Steel toe caps from Kaliber can resist up to 200 Joules, so you’re always protected. The midsole of our work boots is made of steel to prevent sharp objects from penetrating.
  • The protect against burns and hot temperatures. Unlike other materials, rubber is resistant to chemicals, acids, and even cements – making burns virtually impossible. Work boots – such as Kaliber’s Volcano line – can withstand heat up to 300 degrees Celsius without buckleing, warping, or melting. They’re perfect for industries like smelting and ironworks.


2. Leather Soles

This type of boot sole is made out of leather and a rubber layer on the bottom to protect against water. Leather soles are typically more expensive than other ones, but they also make shoes look much better in general because it’s one of the most natural materials that you can get for your shoes. It provides excellent traction when worn outdoors as well, so this would be an excellent choice if you have to walk up or down hills often.

  • It’s comfortable – leather adapts to your feet
  • Breathability – helps to keep your feet cool and comfortable
  • Elegance – they’re stylish too!
  • Support – better support to prevent twisting
  • Resoleability – possible to resole like rubber or plastic
  • Sustainability – natural, durable, and replaceable
  • Variety – There are lots of variation
  • Real artisanal quality- Handmade by expert shoemakers

3. Vibram Sole

The 3rd type of boot sole is the Vibram soles which are typically found on mountaineering boots. These can be worn in any season and work well for anyone who needs to go up or down a lot hills or walk long distances on rocky, wet terrain regularly. Textured rubber bottoms also make these shoes more comfortable than other options because it provides excellent traction while walking over various types of surfaces without letting your feet slip too much.

Benefits of Vibram Shoes
You’ll need various sized shoes if you have various sized feet (which most people do).

  • The arch has been shaped to fit yours.
  • SLIP RESISTANT – These soles are designed to provide you with a slip resistant shoe that will keep you from falling and injuring yourself.
  • LONG LASTING – Our clients have reported having these soles last for as long as 15 years! You won’t find a better deal on the market today.
  • WATERPROOF – Don’t let puddles or rain get in your way! You’ll never have to worry about getting wet feet again with this pair of shoes.


The 4th type of boot sole is the wedge soles. These are a great choice for anyone who spends most of their time in an office and needs footwear that’s easy to put on or take off quickly, but they also work well outside because they’re lightweight and provide excellent grip so you don’t slip while walking up or down hills.

A wedge sole is designed to provide more support for your feet than traditional work boots while also providing comfort by spreading out the pressure over more surface area. This makes them ideal for workers who are on their feet all day or for those who spend long hours standing in one place, such as factory workers or retail staff members.

Benefits of Wedge Sole

  • Larger contact surface area on the ground.
  • No tread under the arch of the foot.
  • ELECTRICAL HAZARD PROTECTION – The electrical hazard protection is provided by the rubber sole which is designed to resist electrical shock.
  • INSULATION – These boots are insulated with a warm and comfortable lining that will keep your feet warm in cold weather.
  • SUPPORTIVE FIT – The support of these boots comes from the boot’s design and construction. The upper part of this boot is made up of a leather material that provides support for your foot while walking or standing on hard surfaces.


Rubber crepe soles have a pattern that resembles a squiggly line on the outside. As the soles of British troop combat boots during WWII, crepe rubber soles have a rich and long history. It is not recommended for wet weather or winter wear as they don’t provide adequate traction. In casual boots, such as Clarks Desert Boots and other designer boots, the common yellow/sponge characteristics can provide a great look.

  • COMFORT – The crepe sole is a type of outsole that is made from layers of rubber and fabric. It’s most commonly found in the form of dress shoes, but can also be seen on loafers and other casual footwear.
  • GRIPS WELL – The serrated surface provides plenty of traction for walking around town or even on slippery surfaces. For those looking to buy a shoe with more grip than a smooth sole, this is an excellent option.
  • QUIETER – Some people prefer the crepe sole because it makes less noise when you walk around in them. This can be especially useful if you’re trying to sneak up on someone or something! They are also often paired with suede uppers to craft a light, breathable shoe.

6. Polyurethane soles.

In polyurethane (PU), hydroxyl bases are combined with dissociates to form a polymer. Thermoset polyurethanes are a type of foam. As insulation foams and resilient foams, they are widely used. As well as high-performance adhesives, they are used with things such as paints, textile fibers, sealants, packaging, gaskets, and condoms.

Work boots with polyurethane soles are more comfortable. Polyurethane absorbs energy, is flexible, and is light.

These are some of the characteristics of polyurethane:

  • Abrasion and wear resistance are high.
  • Durable and high-tear resistance.
  • This dampening capacity is excellent.
  • At low temperatures, very good flexibility is achieved.
  • Fat, oil, oxygen and ozone resistant.
  • A high level of elastic recovery.
  • A high light fastness (aliphatic).


Low-quality soles are heavy and inflexible, and they break easily after continuous use.
The cheap nature of PVC means we can purchase it from Chinese imports. You can usually find them in big supermarkets and on the street. Hence, we can have affordable shoes without increasing the overall price of the shoe.

The final type is PVC soles which are often found on dress shoes that you don’t wear outside all the time (like ones you would use at a formal event). This material is very durable so this style doesn’t have to worry about being destroyed by difficult terrain outdoors like some others do; but when used inside the shoe it does not absorb any of your foot’s moisture so they can be very uncomfortable if you wear them for too long.

  • ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY – PVC soles are made from a material that is 100% recyclable and has no adverse environmental impact.
  • Abrasion Resistant – Our shoes have been designed with the highest quality materials to ensure our customers receive maximum durability.
  • Lightweight – These shoes are lightweight, making them perfect for all day wear or for those who need to be on their feet all day.


Exclusively made in England by Harboro Rubber Co, Dainite is a brand of sole. Low-profile and recessed lugs characterize the soles of Dainite. Compared to other lugged soles, these have recessed lugs for a low-profile design. In dress boots, Dainite soles are popular because of their slim design

In addition to prolonged wear and less risk of in-shoe water penetration, Dainite soles provide greater insulation during the cold season, provide better grip on wet and snow/ice, and can be resoled just as easily as leather soles. Rubber soles are naturally flexible, so they reduce upper creasing. Hard surfaces will quickly abrade a wet leather sole, since moisture expands the fibres.

Wet traction is different from snow and ice traction, i.e., the better the wet performance, the worse the grip on ice and snow, so a good rubber formulation uses a formula that balances these two attributes.

As a result, they are an ideal choice when choosing shoes to wear during the winter.

9. Combination Soles

Leather and rubber combine in combination soles, as their name suggests. Thus, in the case of the shoe sole, all of it is leather, but the forepart and heel are made of rubber.

The rubber heel makes them more durable and provides better traction. This type of sole is commonly used for dress boots that combine durability and formality with additional traction.

Keeps you warm in the winter months when it’s cold outside, and cool inside your home during hot summer days.

Great for any occasion! You can wear these shoes anywhere from a casual dinner with friends to that important job interview or formal event. And they look great no matter what type of surface you’re walking on too because you’ll never slip due to how well they grip whatever is underneath them.

10. Cork Nitrile Soles

To bridge the gap between natural and unnatural products, I’d like to mention nitrile cork.

If you like rubber, but don’t like the weight, give it a shot. Rubber and cork are mixed to make this composite material. The rubber insole is heavier and less comfortable (subjectively), but it lasts longer than a leather one. Leather does not wear down as quickly, making the shoe grippier when walking on slippery surfaces like oil or water because of its natural oils that coat it from sweat.

Cork nitrile soles are a great option for an everyday boot, but if you’re looking for something to get around in that’s less slippery than just regular leather then avoid it. Cork is grippy and perfect when the ground beneath your feet has nothing on offer other than dirt or gravel. But where there is ice or snow? Skip this one!


The another type is a commando sole which can be worn in any season and typically works best for people who need to walk long distances indoors on a regular basis, or take public transportation everywhere they go. Textured rubber bottoms also make these shoes more comfortable than other options because it provides excellent traction while walking over various types of surfaces without letting your feet slip too much.

Commando soles are some of the toughest boots around thanks to their thick, weather-resistant lugs. Commandos can be found in work and hiking gear alike because they offer great grip no matter what you’re up against. One defining characteristic that differentiates commando soles from others is the large protruding lug pattern which provides unmatched traction on any surface!

What if you want your boots to be both rugged and stylish? Commando soles are a good choice for the fashion-conscious boot wearer.

How to Fix Shoe Soles?

  • Cut out the damaged parts of your shoe sole with a utility knife. You can do this using one continuous cut that will go along its edge or by cutting away only what needs to be replaced.
  • It’s important not to get too close to the edging so you don’t accidentally damage it while removing some of the old material.
  • Use sandpaper, resin and glue (in that order) when fixing any ripped areas on the edges as well – just like before make sure not to get too close!
  • Apply any patching materials if required and then let them dry for around 30 minutes or more.
  • When all is said and done use an electric sander in large circular motions over top until smooth; apply another coat of glue along the edging, on top of the patch and then let dry again.

Wrapping Up

In our opinion, the best soles are those that match your needs. If you need a sole that is more durable or grippy than leather then we would recommend Dainite soles. We love this style because it’s not too heavy on the shoe and has excellent traction for walking in rain or snow. On the other hand, if you want to give off an air of sophistication with classy boots then wedges might be just what you’re looking for! These provide lots of heel height but also have rubber bottoms so they won’t slip on any surface – even ice!. Which type do you like better? Let us know below!

About Jason Flores

Jason Flores spent his childhood breaking around in his grandpa's workshop getting to know a thing or two about handiness. At the same time, he loves fashion. As such, he's become invloved in writing about fieldwork fashion to pass on his precious passion.

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