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Quote: Originally Posted by Patek Shoes are like any other consumer item-they are meant to be worn. If you have a decent rotation (10-20 pairs), you should only have to worry about a resole every couple of years. By the time a shoe come up for a resole, you should have been able to decide if you like them enough to resole them or if you are bored of them and toss them. The way a good shoe wears is part of the beauty of a leather sole. If you don't...
Quote: Originally Posted by jeromestyle Topy is French, but where is vibram from? Is Vibram part of the Vibram FiveFingers footwear family? Most protector sole are made of? What is the most resistant material for a sole protector? Why the thin layer of Topy lasts just a few weeks? It sounds like you are adding the sole protection over a worn sole. If that's the case any brand will wear quickly. The intent of a sole protector is just that. It...
We use both Vibram and Topy. No complaints on either. Vibram is thicker and IMO has a better tread. Some prefer Topy. Topy will outlast any product I've seen with the same thickness.
If you are going on the Northway exit 19 has this: http://www.factoryoutletsoflakegeorge.com/ Not nearly as large as Woodburry but worth the stop. Decent selection, way easier and less crowded than Woodburry. I'll be up there this weekend.
Quote: Originally Posted by clee1982 why don't you guys post it here as well. Used to be mechanical engineering here, thought that's in school, so probably don't know sh*t now Because as I explained to DWFII in my PM, I don't know how to post pics on SF!! Yesterday, I had to ask a friend that manages a Kinkos store around the corner if he could send the pictures of the new Church's seen earlier in this thread! Maybe DWFII will post the pics...
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII Nick, I've never seen that machine (send me a photo?)...but I don't know every machine either. Who could? But every pair of machine channeled shoes I've ever seen was done like the first figure. Also, just to be clear, we always cut a groove for the stitching to lie in, as well. The illustrations above actually were drawn to depict that groove...I guess they're just hard to see at this...
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII There are any number of ways to channel an outsole...here's a little illustration that may clarify things a bit: An additional point should probably be made...in both cases, the "channel cover" will be glued or cemented down. How effective that is in preventing the channel cover from becoming ragged or in protecting the thread is, to a great extent, dependent on how quickly the covering is breached...ie. how...
Quote: Originally Posted by DWFII Well, I have no certain knowledge of how the C&J handgrade is channeled. Most of the methods for channeling an outsole attempt to leave an unblemished, clear surface on the outsole...regardless of how it is actually accomplished. So just a visual inspection won't definitively say whether it will get ragged after a few wearings or not. And yes, you're right generally speaking no matter how it is done the sole will...
Quote: Originally Posted by bengal-stripe Church's only uses a short (heel only) sock. - Most other ready-to-wear manufacturers use a sock of half length. Beg to differ. Church uses a heel seat (the shorter one) and a 3/4. The 3/4 ends under the arch of your foot.
On the topic of hidden stitched soles. I would have to agree with Dean. Customers view the wearing or pealing as a flaw in production and/or material used. Customers often come in with let's say a pair of Lobbs, point out that they can now see the stitching and complain that, that shouldn't happen. I explain that it's really not a defect but a result of normal wear. It's most common in the toe area also, laterally across the ball of your foot either on the inside or,...
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