Stitched Leather soles like ours look great, and are the mark of a quality shoe. But leather soles will not last as long as your PV HandMade shoes. The Topy covering, in addition to providing superior non-slip and adding an additional layer of comfort (and making you taller) will last much longer than the best leather sole. Additionally, replacing the Topy is inexpensive- much easier and cheaper than re-soling. PV HandMade aren't like ordinary shoes, they will last you a very long time. Topy can be replaced numerous times, maximizing the life of the shoe.
However- the exposed leather sole looks great, so we make the Topy a 'delete' option. It can always be added later by your Shoemaker. We strongly recommend though, that you select Topy when ordering your PV HandMade shoes.