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post #16 of 19
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Out of curiosity, how many of you have a cobbler put in a rubber covering or steel plates on your nice dress shoes?
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by jjl5000 View Post
Fair enough! Still it does seem a little odd to me that the repairer would go to this trouble given the original sole was stitched aloft. It must look a tad odd what with the waist showing the stitching and all.

This is how my cobbler does soles on welted shoes. He always uses a covered channel. If the customer only asks for a half sole, he gets a channelled sole regardless of the original treatment.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged View Post
Out of curiosity, how many of you have a cobbler put in a rubber covering or steel plates on your nice dress shoes?

I don't, because of my wear pattern (generally on the ball of the foot).
post #19 of 19
I agree with those that said there really aren't any real benefits. Maybe structurally it helps, but if a shoe is cemented and edge-treated properly it doesn't even need to be stitched at all. Traditionally, though, especially in wetter climates, it's a good idea. The origins of the channeled stitch could have involved stitched aloft shoes allowing water to seep in through the seams, but that is merely speculation on my part.
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