Originally Posted by reedobandito
I've heard of a blake welt outside of this shoe, and it says it in the description. I'm no shoe expert, but I'm quite sure it is welted
A welt is a strip of leather running round the outside of the upper. It has 2 stitches running through it. 1 connects it to the sole - that's the one you can see. The other connects it to the upper and insole - you can't see it.
Blake construction is when the insole is stitched directly to the sole. There is no welt, and you don't see the stitch around the outside of the sole - but you can see it on the insoleBlake/rapid
is when the insole is stitch to a mid-sole, which is then stitched to the outsole - around the outer of the shoe, you can see it. There is no welt - the midsole essentially performs the same function as the welt.
Many Goodyear welted shoes have a storm or "split reverse" welt, which is basically just a welt with a raised bump around the outside to protect from water getting it.
Those boots are confusing because they say "Blake", but then they appear to have that bump - meaning they must have a welt. It's a bit of a contradiction