Oak Bark Soles

Oak bark soles have the reputation of being the best leather soles, more durable, more water resistant and more absorbent than standard leather soles.   

There two main tanneries producing oak bark soles: Rendenbach and Baker (no relation).


Joh. Rendenbach Jr.

This tannery, located near Trier in Germany, has been producing oak bark sole leather since 1871. 

See their website: https://www.lederfabrik-rendenbach.de/1/rendenbach-tannery/


J & F J Baker & Co Ltd | Britain's only remaining traditional oak bark, manufacturer, was a tannery since Roman times.  see their website:  www.jfjbaker.co.uk.
There have been rumours that John Lobb, Gaziano & Girling, Edward Green and Crockett & Jones use Baker soles.

A well-worn Oak Bark Sole by Crockett & Jones
A well-worn Oak Bark Sole by Crockett & Jones