Originally Posted by theyare
Is there a reason that some of the brands don't use full insoles (sockliners?) for the footbed?
Traditional English shoemakers, be they bespoke or ready to wear use either a short (just the heel) or half-long ‘sock’
(insole liner), but not a full sole one.
Here is a selection from the top bespoke London firms:George CleverleyPeal & CoJohn LobbNicolaus Tuczek
Surely, if the shoemaker uses a top-class oak tanned insole, why would you want to cover it up with a layer of inferior leather
(and a layer of glue as an additional barrier) to prevent the insole from wicking away the foot’s moisture at it’s most efficient?
A ‘sock’ is only a necessity under the heel, as there is a row of nails which need to be covered.