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It is possible to glue a rubber sole protector-Topys- to a rubber sole.   The problem would be getting good adhesion. You need a very uniform surface with the sole protector in contact with the sole everywhere, not just at a few high points. That could require sanding down the rubber surface, which might detract from the life of the original sole. If the sole is fairly smooth, then maybe you could add the protector without losing too much. If it is deeply contoured,...
Can the shoe experts tell us how they go about fitting someone's foot? It seems the process and choices would be different for RTW vs bespoke, but what do you do? For bespoke, does the fitting start with the shoemakers or the last maker? Once the last is done, how much control is left for the shoemaker? For RTW, it sounds like one measures HB, width and toe length, then tries to find shoes with lasts appropriate to those values. This requires, I suppose, knowing the...
I am not a shoe or leather professional, so I can afford to be very cautious about what I use. I don't need to satisfy picky customers, turn projects around on any particular schedule or at a competitive price. My only client (me) is far more demanding about health effects than how his shoes look. That said, I use gloves when I use any product not intended for internal consumption or use on unprotected skin. We use liquid hand soap for washing dishes. I wear gloves and...
I think you are conflating "hydrogen bonds" with "any bond involving hydrogen". Two different things. There can be strong bonds involving hydrogen. The bond with fluorine is an example. But these are covalent bonds, not hydrogen bonds.
I am always amazed by how much goes into this.   I had just assumed that the welt was always a single piece. Never looked closely enough to check, but I usually see one seem on the medial side of my decidedly not bespoke shoes, so I figured that was all there was.   I get it that a multipart welt would not by itself prevent the string of pearls appearance. I was suggesting that people who look at the shoes closely enough to appreciate that artistry of the stitching...
Rephrasing my question. It surprises me that leather is strong enough to hold with such a small amount beyond the stitch. Does the amount you need vary depending on the strength of the upper and lining? Whether these are cowboy boots made for years of hard use or dress shoes for a SF type who will baby them throughout their lives? Do you leave extra if the leather appeared more fragile than you had hoped when lasting and trim it close when it seems quite strong? Or is...
How much, if any, more leather one might want? Having never even seen a pair shoes made, I have no idea. That's why I ask the master. Given DW's obsession with detail and longevity, I assume the amount he leaves is enough. It just seemed thin to me.  I am certainly not reluctant to accept objective quality, but I do see tradeoffs. It is possible to invest an enormous amount of effort, trouble and expense in making even less likely something that is already extremely...
I am sure you are right about this.
Not so much extol sole protectors, trying to figure out the economics. If all leather, expensive materials and construction techniques produced sufficiently longer life, then that could justify the cost ECONOMICALLY. As in "It lasts so much longer that you end up spending less over the years than you would with sole protectors." I recognize that for many people on this forum, and particularly the shoe enthusiasts, sole protectors are ruled out by their appearance. It would...
Regarding the various channeling approaches to protecting outsole stitching:   1. How often to soles start to come off because the stitching has been abraded as the sole wore? I have not seen this in my small sample and in a few years on SF I have not heard of people reporting this problem. In other words, how important is it to protect the stitching? A major concern or making even less unlikely something that is very unlikely to start?   2. When the stitches are in an...
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