Originally Posted by Gdot
Regarding the stitching of the welt to the outsole which Posh seems to take issue with you can clearly see the machine they use for this process in the following video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uQE51-FuZgIn my opinion this does not diminish the quality of the final product one bit
. They are still hand welted and that is the main point.
Well, one is hand stitched, the other is machine stitched...qualiy difference right there. Doesn't necessarily
mean a diminishing of overall "quality" (which is different from durability or luxury), but does necessarily mean a difference in quality in that detail.
Handstitching in a suit often holds no functional justification, but it's a difficult and artisinal process. The case for mechanical watches is even more extreme.
Apart from the sheer enjoyment of the fact that someone has gone to the trouble of respecting and maintaining a tradition, from what I understand, hand stitching of the outsole is desirable because of the ability of the hand to pull each individual stitch to the optimal tightness.