Originally Posted by ThunderMarch @DWFII
Definitely, I'd say I've (and I think most people) always been grateful you take the time you do, and fight wars on these threads, to keep doing what you do, which is to educate.
I have a question.... I was searching but can't seem to find it now.
But some time ago, you'd commented that on a particular pair of shoes, the heel was built up too high for what the last was intended. Or something to that effect.
How does one tell, that a heel was built up too high for the last?
There are quite a few people who seem to appreciate what I try to do. More...in this thread at least...than those who don't. And I can't adequately put into words how much I value them.
That said there are always those who feel threatened or put off by confidence or ideas that they don't understand or aren't in control of. Most of the people I get into it with have been dogging my heels since I came on SF. Nick, Bengal Stripe, chogal...actively....and a few others who have either put me on their ignore list or given up trying to convince me that their unfounded sense of entitlement trumps first hand experience.
Every time I see one of these folks' username in the Currently Viewing area, I expect to be dissed, discounted or disagreed with, regardless of any objective reason. Just a matter of time.
As for heel height...there are not many things that a non-shoemaker can do to determine if the heel height is correct. For that you need to put the original last back in the shoe. At which point, a check of the location in the forepart where the outsole is resting on ground, can tell you if the shoe is properly balanced. The properly balance shoe needs to rest at the tread line
, not approximate region. Of course, there is more to it than that...a shoe needs to be balanced lengthwise as well as width-wise.
Personally, I don't hold with the heel sitting much off of flush with ground but there are some makers who build with a heel spring. I have asked but never gotten much in the way of an answer from those who take this approach, perhaps because it is simply something they learned or intuit as being useful, not something they can articulate. I don't know and can't say one way or the other if there is any benefit in setting the heel askew. But I can't find any logic in it myself, unless it has to do with not putting a metal shank in the shoe--as a foil to arch/waist collapse.
Often times, however...for various reasons...a shoe that has been worn will seem to sit off-kilter in the heel--as if it had heel spring built in. And when they are taken in for repair, the kindly (but ill-informed) and saintly-looking old cobbler will take it upon himself to "correct" the problem. To make the shoe "better." So he grinds the perceived heel spring off. Or he adds another layer...for whatever reason...never considering that he might be altering not just the maker's intent but the gait of the owner of the shoes as well. Not to mention the structural integrity of the shoe.
But without the original last, the best intentioned cobbler doesn't know how the shoe should be balanced anymore than the consumer does.
Hope that helps...
--Edited by DWFII - 5/12/16 at 7:21am