Originally Posted by vmss
Thanks for your reply. I see alot of emphasis on the quality of insoles. Why is it so important? What difference would it make of thick vs thin insoles.
shoes construction such as moccasins/bologna uses "bag" thin insoles. Does that means that these are also inferior constructions?
In some cases none.
In GY, for instance, a thin insole...sometimes not even leather...is acceptable because, fundamentally GY is a cement reliant construction. Thin insoles are cheaper than thicker insoles (insole leather is sold by weight). And even the quality of the insole can be downgraded (at an additional savings)...all for the same reason--GY is cement construction.
In BR a thinner insole is simply less likely to bear the strain of the stitches...better than fiberboard, but less so than a thicker insole.
In a HW shoe the holdfast is created in
the insole. It is the anchor for the upper as well as the welt via the inseam. It is the backbone of the shoe. To a certain extent, thicker is better.
With a moccasin the construction techniques that hold the footwear together don't rely upon or even need an insole. Fundamentally, the outsole are connected directly to the uppers.
And FWIW, a thicker insole is, in the long run, more comfortable because the foot can create deep, individualized impressions--a "footbed"--in the leather.
--edited for punctuation and clarity