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  Q: Is a shoe's leather sole porous?

  A: updated (02/02/2012)

Yes is it. That is why many people only wear leather soled shoes in fair weather conditions, and rubber soled shoes in wet conditions. The good news is that there are products available which aim to protect leather sole's in wet conditions. One such product is a tonic, which is a liquid that is applied to the sole to provide waterproofing. The tonic will only work if it is applied when the leather sole is dry, and that the tonic's liquid is allowed to dry into the sole. The drawback to waterproofing tonics is that they require regular re-application; whereas a rubber sole intrinsically provides waterproofing.

 
 

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