shoe construction...behind the veil

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  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Sad but true.

    Still and all it doesn't suggest, or even force a diminution, of the quality of the materials like GY does.
     


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    iroh Senior member

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    why not use metal pegs? more durable
     
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    Now imagine that with metal pegs.
     
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  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Metal pegs are otherwise know as nails. they have been tried...they don't flex and they do rust. Rust is a slow fire. It will turn your insole into charcoal.
     


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    rabiesinfrance Senior member

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    I would suggest writing a book, DWFII. It would be a fantastic read.
     
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    iroh Senior member

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    what about aluminum? stronger than wood and doesn't rust
     


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    What about silver or kryptonite pegs? That way, you have the added effect of warding off werewolves or superman.
     


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    rabiesinfrance Senior member

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    If you haven't got anything of value to say then please shut up.
     


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    You're right. I've never contributed anything of substance to this or other threads. Idiot.
     


  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Still no flex. Even wood pegs can be so brittle that they are literally twisted out of the sole over time.

    As far as kryptonite is concerned, I used to like kryptonite pegs...til I took an arrow to the knee.
     
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    I was just taking a friendly jab at iroh. In all seriousness though. I like the idea of having a full pegged shoe, but am concerned about flexibility in the forefoot. Is this an issue at all?

    TIA
     


  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I understand..the "til I took an arrow to the knee" is kind of a joke making the rounds in the 'net.

    As for stiffness...probably a little stiffer all things being equal.
     
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    Riveted soles were once the standard for work boots, making a rather inflexible but hard wearing connection. (The inflexibility of the sole would have been compensated with more toe spring of the last.)

    Another method was the use of brass screws for a screwed sole which R M Williams still offers.

    http://www.bootsonline.com.au/graphics/screwed.gif

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    The ultimate method to make new boots that are “tough as old boots” is ‘riveted, screwed and stitched “exclusively for boots which have to undergo a considerable amount of rough wear. The weight of such a boot is of secondary importance and its flexibility is practically nil.”

    Even wood pegged shoes were at one time not uncommon in England. They were produced for situations where the use of metal nails was undesirable: for the Navy, as not to scratch wooden decks and for workers in ammunition factories.
     
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    The shoemaker in Slagelse combines the pegging with gluing.
     


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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    It is not impossible to peg without gluing but not as effective. Sometime I wonder it is the glue or the pegs that do the bulk of the holding. I think it is the pegs but won't discount the glue.
     
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