Originally Posted by TheWraith
Nobody here said that hand welting isn't better, isn't the best. We're just saying that GY isn't as dreadful as some here claim it to be. That is all!
Well, the problem with that is that no one here has said that GY is guaranteed to blow out within the first ten times wearing...or the next 100 or the 100 after that.
I certainly haven't.
It's a matter of good, better, best. I've always said that, too..
That said (and I have), GY has a very real potential to blow out, and rot, and fail. Handwelted less so...by an order of magnitude. To deny the photos above is to deny reality; to live in lala land. It's like life--you never expect it to happen to you...until it does.
Now who posts to StyleForum? Think about it. Do you want the best? Do you want the best you can get for your money?
They may be two different things esp. for those people who look for quality for its own sake, who associate quality with elegance, and refinement...and Style
. Hence...wait for it...StyleForum
Or they might be one and the same for those on a budget or in college or who just don't give a damn about shoes, or quality, as long as...from the highway...it looks like it might be
And if a fellow is paying near-bespoke prices for merely good, it's entirely understandable that he would feel a little defensive when he finds that out.
The best way to put a shoe together; The best way to avoid any potential problems; To prevent potential distortion (the English shoe above was distorting in the arch area); To ensure that it can be repaired without having to replace critical structural elements that have already adapted to your foot...such as the footbed... is handwelted. Period.
The cheapest way to put together a shoe that will convince a customer that it looks sufficiently enough like a high quality bespoke shoe that no one will be able to see the difference...from the highway...is GY. Period.
--Edited by DWFII - 11/20/13 at 3:48pm