Originally Posted by archibaldleach
Exactly. I was trying to get some more details on how this works. I know Nick V. is a respected expert on shoes (and can probably give more of an unvarnished opinion on these things than the shoe companies themselves) and since he provided some novel information that I wasn't familiar with, I was wondering if he might be able to expand on it.
Not a problem if there aren't a lot of exact details available, but it seemed like an interesting nugget and I might buy a pair of shoes that have been so treated at some point if I knew a bit more.
Forgive me but, I don't have details on this. Please understand that I have a vast amount of suppliers, customers and, products to deal with. Therefore I am the first to admit that I am not nearly as apt to define details as say DW. I can tell you though my eyes and ears are on what my customers demand of me. That's my primary focus. Often they ask me for products that are no longer available here in the U.S. But, I know of them from sometimes decades ago when they were. In those cases I source to Europe. For instance, at one time a shoe repair operation could get oil dipped soles from almost any shoe repair supplier in the U.S. Now bc of customers asking for them I think I'm the only s.r. company that offers them. I wouldn't offer a product that was not time tested over years and mostly decades. Accordingly, I would not offer a product that I would not use on my own footwear. Also, there are products that customers ask me for that I have access to but
refuse to bring in. An example....customers often ask me for flush mounted heel plates. They are called segs. I find (among other things) they lend to a very "hard" heel strike and are slippery.
Again, I wouldn't put them on my own footwear so, I wouldn't put them on yours.
I realize that I didn't answer your question directly. Just wanted to give you more of an insight of my priorities.