Originally Posted by FredAstaire1899
If I may go off topic a little farther, does this imply that modern ladies high heels could be made with the sole stitched to the upper, albeit with a very slightly thicker outsole? Additionally, given that the mechanics of walking in such shoes are vastly different to the natural human motion and thus would put different strains on the shoes' construction, would such a technique by greatly beneficial?
Thicker and stiffer, than most fashion conscious young women would care to be seen in, I suspect.
And all else being equal--ie. the quality of the materials in the rest of the shoe--it would not be financially feasible. IOW, the whole basis of women's shoes is that the cheapest, quickest and most convenient materials and methods are used to yield the greatest return / profit. Having a highly skilled, highly experienced, highly trained (all that costs money to create, as well) shoemaker spend a couple hours of time (at a relatively high wage) would not make sense.
If women's shoes were made like men's shoes...as they were made 100 years ago, as a few high end bespoke makers still make them...then it might start to make sense. So, yes, it could be done but it's a whole different paradigm / ball game / philosophy at that point.