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 They're handsome shoes. I'm happy to apologise if my brusque words have offended your sensibilities; however I have not changed my view on the issue. A hand sewn welt may take perhaps half a day of a skilled craftsman's time, for which you must charge. The machine version - barely a minute or so. Not exactly the issue, but unless paying for half a day of your time will bring an appreciable benefit, I don't (indeed literally don't) see the point. If my GY welted shoes were...
Spoon-fed? ... why do you have to resort to what amounts to name-calling? I suspect I know rather more than you, having studied the subject and written various articles on shoes and shoe-makers. I live in the centre of shoemaking, I know people who work in the shoe factories. Frankly, I have to try hard to resist saying something along the lines of 'to suffer from what I think of as "rib failure" paranoia is itself a clear indicator of knowing rather little about shoe...
 I'm sorry, but I am more inclined to believe Crockett & Jones and Edward Green than I am you - your post strikes me as borderline paranoid.
Sorry, I have come to this thread late and am unable at the moment to read all the earlier posts. My only experience of hand-welted footwear is a pair of riding boots that were made for me 15 years ago. All my other shoes are machine welted from various Northampton makers.   The only trouble I have ever had with welting concerned the riding boots - both welts started to fail at the fore end when the boots were about 10 years old. I should point pout that they are worn...
It appears that Bookster have quietly re-entered the on-line market, now trading from Leeds:   www.bookster.co.uk   I'm not sure how they have managed to side-step their apparent bankruptcy at the end of last year, or whether their unsatisfied customers ever received any form of recompense, but have read elsewhere that the company is under new ownership, yet with the continued 'assistance' of Peter and Michelle King.
My recent visit to Tricker's factory shop has raised some rather niggling questions for me. Six months ago there was a small article in the business section of local (Northampton) press, concerning a company restructuring or refinancing, that I noticed but had discounted.    From St Michael's Street, the factory presents an impressive facade of glazed brown brickwork, extending several stories upwards and quite a distance from side to side, but visitors to the factory...
 I have a few overcoats with buttoned vents, but the buttons are inwards-facing so not noticeable.
I have AS veldtschoen in both boot and shoe form. The method of construction is absolutely watertight - I was in the Peak District last weekend and after a whole day trekking through mud, my boots were entirely dry inside.    Wading through ankle-deep water might only prove a problem in that water might be able to get past the tongue, which is only a half-bellow. I believe the old Lotus boots had fully bellowed tongues.   The leather itself is just ordinary zug grain,...
 Leather to Dainite is perfectly straightforward - something I've had done twice with AS brogues. I've also had commando-soled shoes swapped to double leather.
Well that was the explanation they gave me in the factory when I took the photograph that you borrowed for your earlier post! 
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