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Glenjay really beautiful shoes!!(btw i love the berluti at your site after the GlenKaren care !! you know that i am a wholecut addict hahaha )
Gents i am always happy to see your posts!! always something new to learn and productive dialoge to make!!!
i think that most of us have 10 and maybe more pairs of shoes!! so this means less wear than once a week! so most of our shoes ll need resole after about 10years(if you dont walk 10 miles in your brogues every time you wear them ofcourse)!! At my opinion all the 3 ways of welting can guarantee 2 resoles before the upper leather is damaged to no return point(always refering to hi-end shoes at material-constraction and not price)! that means about 30 years so then i think it's time to buy new shoes hahaha
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for me i prefer the blake stitching but this is only an aesthetic issue!!!
i have that picture but i am not sure from were i had it!! (i think is from martegani and Ron Rider gave this to public but i am not sure)
This is Styleforum. We promote excess, trade in and out of different shoes, or baby shoes like museum pieces.
That said, the useful life of shoes calculation is very interesting. Lets assume
1) shoes can last 1000 miles (taken from Wolverine, or so they bragged)
2) average walk distance of 5 miles per wear
Then your shoes can only last 200 wears. With a seven shoes wardrobe, that means your shoes will not last more than 4 years.
Or, if we walk only 2 miles per wear instead of 5, then that would be almost 10 years per resole.
Or, if we have 14 pairs of shoes instead of 7, then that would be almost 8 years per resole.
Or, maybe that 1000 miles is per resole/rebuild.
If we then factoring in the typical twice viable resoling/rebuilding (before cobblers stitched your welt into a mess), that would be 12 years.
Or, if we paid top dollars for top makers that offers insole replacement, that TWELVE years could be doubled to 24 years.
So, to prolong your shoes useful life, walk less, buy more, and/or buy from makers with a legacy and going concern. i.e., Church's shoes post Prada acquisition will have their useful life halved due to lack of rebuilding support.