Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
I personally like the way a new sole feels on a shoe. After a while the goodyear welted shoe gets a bit gushy and when the new leather is on and new cork filled back in it gives it more support once again. The fit shouldn't change with a simple resole job because the welt and insole isn't replaced, thus the show isn't being relasted or changing its shape. I think you would be more likely to have fit issues sending back for a whole recraft than you would just getting a resole.
With all due respect... I suspect that if you do not understand the mechanics or accept the logic, this will fall on deaf ears, but... A Goodyear welted shoe cannot be always resoled to the guaranteed exact size it was when it came in for resoling. Whether the customer notices it or not, there is always a little, and sometimes a lot, of slippage in the gemming. The glue lets go, for whatever reasons, and without the original last there is no way to determine 100% accurately where it (the gemming started out. Most shoe repairmen will guess...and it is an educated guess, but still a guess for all of that. Like it or not, there is nearly always a set of mechanical principles that cannot be abrogated in these kinds of things. It never relies on wishful thinking or hearsay or what we think is fair or right. Or even, beyond random, luck.