Can you infer shoe construction through observing the welt/midsole stitching through to the outsole?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by francoforr, May 7, 2016.

  1. francoforr

    francoforr New Member

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    May 7, 2016

    I've been researching as much as I can through this forum, notably this thread was very informative:

    I'm now at a point where I've watched some youtube videos on each construction method and have noticed one simple thing: to have an easily resole-able shoe you should look for stitching on the top of the shoe either on the welt or the midsole, and then that stitching should flow through to the bottom of the outsole.

    However, I've noticed on some shoes that I've looked at the stitching on the top does not match the stitching on the bottom of the shoe. It's the same colour/type of string, but the lengths between each hole/stitch are not the same. Usually the stitching on the top is more closely constructed vs on the bottom where it can be 1/2" or more between holes/stitches.

    So, my question for you is: if the stitches are of different lengths on the top and the bottom, is this a faux stitch with a cemented outsole meant to look like a goodyear/blake-rapid construction? Or if it's still possible these can be goodyear/blake-rapid construction, how can you then tell what kind of construction the shoe is just by observing these stitching lines (or can you)?

    Thanks for your help everyone - I hope it's clear I did do as much research as I could on the subject but now I'm kind of at a loss (or maybe I just don't know what I don't know to search for to find the answer).

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