Originally Posted by DWFII
Compared to what? It may be the next best thing...or not...but it does not replicate the exact same process in either case. I admire the hell out of G&G shoes but real is real. The processes are not the same from nuance to nevermind and any attempt to make it seem so is simply disingenuous. If Goodyear welting is so good let it stand on its own. Let it be advertised and hyped...Machine Welted!! Machine Lasted!!...as a technique with its own intrinsic value and not as a substitute for hand welting.
There is no disingenuous on anyone's part as I noted that Tony and Dean have never ever passed of their RTW as hand-made shoes. Perhaps I misapplied the word "exactly" for which I stand corrected by yourself. Furthermore, there was no implicit or explicit notion that this was a substitute for hand welting nor is it better. As you know, the hand welting of a shoe takes an extend length of time of which the machines perform in a mere matter of seconds. Regardless, I admire your defense of the true hand-work that goes into hand-made shoes, which was the point I was trying to emphasise, that is many firms misuse and abuse the term hand-made. Additionally, I thank you for challenging the comparison, to which this instance would refer to a machine-based construction technique, like Blake.