Originally Posted by skeen7908
Here is a better zoomed in photo
I think you can see some type of warp/weft?
I do believe however that these were "object dyed"
That is, dyed after the entire shoe was constructed (literally dipped in a bucket of dye laces and all)
So it is conceivable that this is some non leather material that does not accept the dye?
Originally Posted by DWFII
Better photo but almost certainly not canvas. See the way in which the black of the lining "melds" into the "cream"? At highest magnification you can almost see the hair follicle pits in the both the black and the cream. And those black striations are typical of finish that has not been entirely removed. Although I suppose they could also be "seepage" but more likely from the flesh side.
Perhaps it was dyed after the fact. But more likely with a brush. If it had been dip dyed, one would expect that the edge of the sockliner /insole would also be black...which doesn't appear to be the case at highest resolution. Also the threads would be black. And the "edge" / margin between the cream and the black would be less distinct (although there doesn't seem to be any real "disconnect" or edge at all between the black and the cream--suggesting it is all one piece). Beyond that, if the cream were canvas the black dye would have wicked extensively and that edge would have been even less sharp--the canvas would have accepted the dye much,much more readily than the leather. And if it were dip-dyed or even dyed after the fact it certainly is an indication that something has moved / shrunk / been stretched beyond the original position.
Regardless (and short of actually inspecting the shoe in person most of this is admittedly at least in the realm of conjecture) it's not a good sign.If nothing else it suggests that things are not as they have been represented. But if the shoes fit you...and I suspect there's not a lot of options with regard to returning them...then just forget about it. It is what it is. The shoes probably...probably
, no guarantees...won't explode underfoot.edited for punctuation and clarity
It is still rough to tell but does the maker/company do medical or orthopedic shoes? Is that yellow stuff pretty firm too?
It could be a plastizote or type of foam used in that industry of shoemaking for support. It also can more of an accommodative filler to add cushioning if it is soft. The problem with those orthopedic materials is that they need to be replaced or refurbished much sooner than using just leather or cork with leather.
I commonly use them with orthotics for certain foot types and activity levels.
If that is the case, you can just have that sock liner removed and have a new one cut to cover the inside. Then you can just be prepared to check out the show every once in a while to have it repaired if that material breaks down too quickly for you.
With regular use, those materials usually only last a couple years at most because they will rub/break down