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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Blake machine constructed shoes has insole as well. So technically a single sole isn't correct.
     
  2. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    Thanks for the thorough explanation, MWS (as usual). Knowing all that, I still enjoy my Italian Blake/Blake rapid boots, which may disintegrate well before my Aldens, AEs or C&Js, because I enjoy the variety and rugged/worn look some of them offer. Having said that, I'll only buy them when they're well discounted from their overly inflated retail prices.
     
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  4. joiji

    joiji Senior member

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    Crat, is this your picture?

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. kentyman

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    Hah, Google images search for "crat carmina" confirms it's from here:

    I don't know if I'm more impressed with the shoes, or the fact that you recognized them.
     
  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Impressed that the shoe mart stole those pictures...
     
  7. joiji

    joiji Senior member

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    Those cobblestones are hard to forget, we have little to nothing like that in Australia. :)
     
  8. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    Thats so strange. I do have to commend Crat on his shoe care skills as well as location and photography skills. AMAZING!
     
  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    He's got a very mean shine but the location is just too hard to beat.
     
  10. kentyman

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    I'd be worried about that incoming car...
     
  11. MoneyWellSpent

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    I said that they have insoles (see above). That said, insoles don't count when you are numbering the soles. Only outsoles count. Single, double, triple, etc., are only numbering the outsoles.
     
  12. MoneyWellSpent

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    Saving on cost of materials is the only reason I can think of.
     
  13. MoneyWellSpent

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    I really enjoy Crat's photos as well. I always wonder if he gets a lot of strange looks lugging his shoes around town and setting them up in public places for photography sessions. [​IMG]
     
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  14. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    I have been enlightened by all of this and will treat my Blake/rapid boots with more care to prolong their wear! :->>
     
  15. MoneyWellSpent

    MoneyWellSpent Senior member

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    I doubt you will see a shorter lifespan from them on average.
     
  16. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Honestly if the insole isn't fiberboard blake/rapid is better than goodyear welted. I mean, no gemming, all stitches. Plus it is sturdier having a midsole. Feels more like a leather holdfast than that cork filler.
     
  17. MoneyWellSpent

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    Assuming no fiberboard insole, I personally rank them as equal, with both having pros and cons. Some place different emphasis on those pros and cons and will arrive at a different conclusion. If the feel of the cork filler feels inferior to the harder (by comparison) midsole, then that may be a pro for you. It isn't a factor for me. The stitches running through the inside of the shoe where your toes can feel them really bugs a lot of people. Others don't care at all. Also, the stitch that attaches the midsole is a weak chain stitch, rather than a lock stitch (by necessity). I doubt there is any published data, but I wonder what the prevalence of gemming failure is compared to failure of the midsole stitch from friction against toes inside the shoe?

    Also, this is just a personal stance, as I am an avid supporter of DWF's position on the overall degradation of the shoe industry, and want it's heritage, skills, and trade to be preserved. That said, if a hand-welted shoe is considered better than a Blake/Rapid shoe for several reasons, then I don't quite see why a Goodyear-welted shoe is automatically inferior to a Blake/Rapid shoe. I say this because neither hand-welted nor Blake/Rapid are dependent upon cement for their overall construction. Therefore, there are obviously other factors that elevate a hand-welted shoe above a Blake/Rapid (craft and heritage aside). I believe that those other factors still exist with Goodyear-welted shoes. It is simply the potential for gemming failure that knocks them down a notch in the match-up. You may or may not experience gemming failure, and even if you do, then there is a high likelihood that the original manufacturer can repair it. Meanwhile, you are enjoying the other benefits that a hand-welted shoe offers which make it better than a Blake/Rapid (with the exception of the midsole vs. cork feel difference if that's important to you).
     
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  18. benhour

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    MWS totally agree on the hand welted shoes!!

    i think you have had a bad experience on blake/blake rapid shoes and you are a little subjective on your judgment!! i have shoes (blake stitched, hand welted and GY welted) and never had any problem with them!! i cant understand how it is possible to feel the stitching (most of my shoes are blake stitched , more because aesthetic reasons) because if it is well stitched it is submerged in the insole and at the outer part where your feet wont be in contact with if you buy the right size-width shoe!!

    specially at the toe if the shoes arent round shaped is quite impossible to touch the stitching even if you want to!

    btw most of the hi end-good manufacturers using blake/blake rapid stitching dont use fiber-cardboard insoles but leather ones!(just checked my shoes from curiosity and to be sure)

    water coming in from the blake stitching if the shoes are well made is really really rare(the glue applied is filling the holes), if they are closed channel is impossible the water to come through the sole in the shoe!! even some bad weather clarks i have with blake stitching the water never came in!!

    i asked a shoemaker-designer friend of mine about the resoling witch were the only thing i could think as a problem!! a good shoemaker-cobbler when applying a new sole in a blake stitched shoe is taking a nail or a leather hole maker and put it in the first hole from the previous stitching and pushing it through the new sole then he aligns the stitching head of the machine with that hole so the machine ll use the same holes(with less than a mm deviation) minimizing the damage! a blake shoe can hold about 3resoles for sure when a blake-rapid/GY welted can hold 1-2 more but i think the upper leather would have been destroyed a lot before than that!! all this without topy or rubber applied( i am sure patrick ll kill me for this hahahaha)!

    About the gemming of GY welted shoes i have never had a problem with it (failing or the feeling)!
     
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  19. MoneyWellSpent

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    Thanks for your comments. Don't take my comments from above more strongly than I intend. I haven't ever experienced gemming failure, Blake/Rapid midsole failure, or even cement failure years ago before I got into high-end footwear. I would wear out my cemented shoes, or the soles would crack before they ever separated because of the glue. In other words, the shoe construction method has never been a factor in what led to the demise of a pair of shoes for me. I've never had a pair that I said, "well if they had only been Blake/Rapid, they would have lasted longer", or "if they had only been Goodyear-welted they would have lasted longer." When my cemented shoes from years ago were worn out, they were generally in bad enough shape throughout the shoe to just be thrown into the trash rather than repaired. As you said, Blake/Rapid and Goodyear-welted can both be expected to go through 4-6 resolings, if the shoe doesn't die earlier for other reasons. That's why I hold them in approximately equal regard from a durability standpoint. The other pros and cons have to be taken into account, and some matter more than others to individual people. I can get past the stitches being felt inside the shoe and it never prevents me from considering Blake/Rapid shoes, but yes I can feel them with my pinky toe and the side of my big toe. However, it does drive some people crazy. I personally find Goodyear-welted shoes to be more comfortable with the cork footbed. I know that in some cases the cork can migrate away to a certain extent and DWF has reported seeing this many times, but in my experience, they always retain a nice comfortable foot imprint. With Blake/Rapid shoes, this isn't as much the case since the insole (assuming it is nice leather and not fiberboard) is no thicker than the one in a Goodyear-welted shoe. However, under the insole of a Blake/Rapid you have the hard midsole and outsole. Thus, from a foot molding perspective, a Goodyear-welted shoe will always be better than a Blake/Rapid, because even if the cork does migrate in a few areas, you are still only experiencing the same end result of the insole against the outsole. That's the worse case scenario. As Patrick said, he finds the harder insole against the outsoles to be more stable, and that's great.
    Hand-welted shoes with their nice fluffy insole shoulders that create a permanent footbed are a different factor altogether. [​IMG]
     
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  20. Munky

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    Sorry to go on. I have looked at my cemented shoes and found stitching on both the top edge and on the sole of the shoe. Is this significant or still just an attempt to cover over the cementing? If it is, it seems a bit elaborate to stitch the sole as well as round the edge.
     

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