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You might want to have your uric acid levels checked. If your feet perspire a lot, particular if you sweat contains excessive uric acid, that is a likely reason for the premature cracking of the upper leather.English shoemakers put it somewhat simpler, less medical.........(well, I don't know you, so I don't want to repeat it).
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I presume, the slippers have a music box built into the heel, playing: "We shall overcome!"
I'm afraid, I haven't worked out yet what the underlying design of your bespoke shoe is. Is it a "Galosh-type" with the front (vamp) pulled all the way back or is it a basic "Oxford" (English terminology) where the vamp line seam combines the front with the rear section? That rear section is usually made of two "Quarter" pieces, which are joined by the heel seam. But it's technically no problem to eliminate the heel seam and have both quarters cut in one piece. The...
Well, I've only worn them twice. I'll let you know in due course how the leather behaves in the mid- to longer term.Funny thing, I had a pair of llama shoes already: chukka boots by Silvano Sassetti for the last eight years or so. It a textured leather, but I didn't know what beast it came from.I'm pretty sure now, they are in llama leather.
Here is the catalogue of the Barbour Welting Company: http://www.barbourcorp.com/pdf/welting_catalog.pdf listing hundreds of "endless" welts and bonwelts in leather, leatherboard and plastic.
It looks to me like a "bonwelt". A decorative, non functional welt, supplied "endless" (on 50 or so meter rolls) with the stitching (just for looks) frequently already in place.The Blake seam, going through insole and outer sole will also keep the bonwelt and all the other layers in place.The Blake stitching has not only a longer stitch-length, but is further away from the edge.
Lotus was a popular Northamptonshire mid-price shoe brand, who went under (presumably in stages) and closed down finally sometime in the mid-90s. The name survives for a range of Spanish-made, English looking, shoes. Whether these Spanish Lotus shoes have any connections personnel-wise to the English brand or it was just an (English) name cheaply picked-up, I wouldn't know.
They are known as "Triumph" or "Boulevard" plates.You can order them in units of 10 pairs from Goetz Service (Catalogue Nr 780 017 60)http://www.goetz-service.com/web/home.php?lang=us&nr=5Goetz has agents throughout the world, there should be one near you.
Here is an embossed calf (not the stiff cowhide of classical Scotch-Grain) where the wholesaler AA Crack in Northampton claims the grain would not pull out in lasting.http://www.aacrack.co.uk/catalogue.asp?product_id=39
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