In another thread there was a discussion about blake/rapid construction. For the sake of clarification and...hopefully...education, I would like to make a further comment in this regard: I have seen a number of really well made, top shelf shoes that used blake/rapid construction. For an RTW shoe, the blake/rapid constructuion technique is quick, easy, and...always...cost effective. In the discussion mentioned, however, it was suggested that such shoes would be harder to repair. I spent some of my early years in this Trade doing repair just to support the boot business...I still do repair on shoes and boots that I have made. One of the most common problems that develops during wear (at least, for some people) is the tendency to wear off the edge of the shoe. This happens most often among people who use their shoes hard, although it can be created by an overzealous cobbler grinding/trimming the edge of the outsole down too much. The upshot is that there is often simply not enough of a "lip" (the welt) left to attach and sew an outsole. Of course, with a welted shoe, the welt can always be replaced. This was the point being made in the other discussion. In blake/rapid construction, a midsole is added and it is left a little proud around the forepart of the shoe to create a lip that functions like the welt. If the edge of the midsole is worn (or trimmed) to the point where there is insufficient substance to stitch on a new outsole, the shoe may not be repairable short of sending it back to the maker. Of course, the shoe can be sent back to the factory and be "re-crafted," although I suspect only a small percentage of owners...even of high priced shoes...will ever go to that trouble. So...all things being equal a blake/rapid may indeed be as easy to repair as a welted shoe but when the crunch comes, it is a far different story, requiring specialized machines, to replace a blake midsole. Of course, if you have those machines it is only a minute or two.
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11/19/09 at 3:46pm