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Vass shoes from a harris

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jcusey, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. RLDean

    RLDean Member

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    Pardon the remedial question, but is there a real quality/longevity/etc advantage to hand-welting, or is it more of a personality, old world craftsmanship, etc issue? thanks, /richard
     
  2. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    Well, I would think that there are two potential practical differences here: I would think that the leather feather carved out of the insole would be less likely to fail (no glue, made of leather, etc.) than the glued-on linen feather and would allow for more reweltings throughout the life of the shoe. In addition, you get back to the old hand-stitched vs. machine-stitched argument. The idea is that hand-stitching is more pliable and conforms better to the foot than machine-stitching. The tradeoff, of course, is that machine-stitching is probably more durable.

    Of course, all of this is speculation.
     
  3. greg54

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    John Cornforth, English bespoke shoemaker, explains the advantage of welting and sole stitching by hand on his web page: http://mysite.freeserve.com/tumblehome. Look on the page: The Hand Sewn Shoe.
     
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  5. MPS

    MPS Well-Known Member

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    Manton,

    Could you post some pics of your shoes? I'm interested to see the wing-tip in cordovan. Thanks.
     

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