Question - what's a "blake welt"?
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Not a shoe construction expert, you can google this info easily. The short answer is that it is a method of attaching the upper of the shoe to the sole. It is a less sturdy (some would say more elegant as a trade off) method than Goodyear welting.
I haven't tried Jack Erwin's blake-stitched shoes, but I do have the burgundy Carter boots which are goodyear-welted and I can tell you they are crazy heavy duty. They take some breaking in, but the construction seems bulletproof so far.
My full review and photos can be seen here: http://www.prakticala.com/2015/08/review-carter-wingtip-boots-by-jack-erwin/
I should be getting their new boat shoes soon too. I'd be happy to answer any questions if you have any. Thanks!