Originally Posted by tarheel07
Did he just destroy these shoes?
If you look close at the photo of the right shoe you can see that the repairman trimmed the outsole right up to the welt stitching on the lateral side. This contributes to the appearance of having changed the shape of the shoe....which it has, effectively, even if the interior shape is much the same as it was.
More than that, however, trimming the outsole and the welt so close, makes it far more likely that the stitching will fail and the shoe will need a major
repair in the near future...one that involves re-welting.
And to add insult to injury, the repair is a simple cement job. The new half sole ignores the fact that the old outsole was originally stitched as a means of construction and the replacement relies entirely on cement to hold the outsole in place. One of the big problems with that approach is that either the old sole was not entirely removed or the new out sole is adhering only to the welt...which is narrow (less than a half inch) to begin with and has now been trimmed even narrower.
Especially if the shoe is GY, there is virtually nothing of any substance between the thin margin of the welt on either side of the shoe for a new sole to stick to...the intervening space being either cork or felt or foam. Once the original stitching is compromised, even the remnant of the original outsole (if there is a remnant) is jeopardized.
In other words, the outsole stitching is/was there for a reason...installing a half sole without re-stitching is half-assed, IMO.