So I was thinking about the pair of failed shell shoes today, after having cooled down a bit from my initial frustration, and I think I know what the problem is. The only major difference between this insole failed pair vs. 16 others is its being the only pair in which my feet seemed to sweat profusely, is that these were unlined shell cordovan uppers.
I suspect that the lack of lining materials combined with shell's abhorrence of water led to more sweat being absorbed by the insole than on the other pairs. I wore the shoes hard, but always with socks (who started the sockless rumor?
). I probably should have let them rest more than a day between wearings in retrospect but indeed I never anticipated this type of problem. Perhaps it was a weak insole to begin with and the extra sweat exacerbated the underlying weakness, dunno for certain.
So has anyone else here noticed a difference in breathability between unlined shell shoes and those with linings?
Oh and to the illiterate lamers in this thread: I know that the new site is more difficult to navigate but Dumb Threads is in a completely different forum.