Originally Posted by gettoasty
looks like he's buying shoes for his S/O or relative and does not know much about mid-tier retailers and respective brands carried.
foo has been too spoiled by online retail and the MTO options where every detail is at your fingertips. i'm the same way. i avoid shopping for clothes at stores for the most part unless they are boutiques/independent.
I've neer really bought online MTO, but you are otherwise on the mark.
I doubt the stitching on this particular pair of shoes is decorative. The vendor tells me the soles are "stitched on" but has no idea what the difference is between Goodyear, Blake, Blake-Rapid, etc. So, assuming the vendor is not lying, the soles are at least Blake stitched. I cannot see for sure since the insoles are not exposed. Does anyone bother to Blake stitch a sole, then cement on a strip of fake welt? Seems to me it would be only marginally more work, if any, to add on a proper rapid-stitched outsole.
So, I am fairly confident these are Goodyear welted or Blake-Rapid stitched. I am not well-versed enough in shoes to tell the difference just by looking at the outsides. Obviously, it would be a different story if I could cut them open.
Is there a way to distinguish between a Goodyear welt and a Blake-Rapid mid-sole, just by looking at the outside of a shoe?