Originally Posted by horton
Thanks for the info.
In the ones I bought from Yoox, the sole is even closer to the upper than those shown above. I don't see stitching but that may be because the sole is so close to the upper that it's too hard to see. Does that suggest goodyear or blake?
What jtw3036 means, I believe, is that with Blake-stitched shoes, you can see the top of the stitching on the INSIDE--on top of the insole in the forward part of the shoe. If you can see the top of the sole stitching on the outside (on top of the outsole or welt), then they may be welted, or could be Blake/Rapid constructed.
As to your question about whether or not there is a real difference between the methods of construction, there is. Welted shoes are generally more durable, tougher, and easier to have resoled when that is needed. Blake-constructed shoes, on the other hand, are lighter and a little less substantial on the feet--more delicate, I'd say. There's a place for both in my opinion. It's more difficult to make a truly light and delicate welted shoe, and for shoes that I wear mainly in the summer and not terribly frequently, I prefer Blake construction. My Blake-stitched shoes run as low as 10 oz. per shoe, and they're sleek, trim, and very light on the feet. My welted shoes go more like 16-18 oz.