Originally Posted by luk-cha
thanks, so which would last longer the SC or normal gemmed GYW???
Depends on how it was treated post-making. If a GYwelted shoe is always recrafted, obviously it will last longer. The insole, the gemming, the welting are all being replaced with every resole.
If it is simply being resoled, even at a competent shoe repair shop, the gemming will sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, get displaced from its original position and/or simultaneously degrade.
If a pegged shoe or boot is resoled over and over again, it will not last long. Even with an insole replacement because the pegs are perforating the upper as well--where it is pulled over the insole. How do you replace that margin?
If the pegged shoe is worn infrequently, or in the case of a pegged waist, only a half sole is done, it is inherently a stronger construction technique.
But neither technique can hold a candle to handwelting for flexibility, strength and repair-ability. I suspect that's why, over the centuries and with all these different techniques evolving and competing for preeminence, handwelting is still the gold standard.