The issue with gemming can't be brought up to often, since there's still so many people out there who have no clue what gemming is and how it affect a shoe. Another thing that happens often, people confuse blake/rapid-construction with blake construction. Sure, both have the blake stitch, but it's two different ways to make a shoe with very different result. This is blake/rapid: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YEgN9qS3YHY/UKT1f2QHMtI/AAAAAAAAAZo/5LS7C4yY30A/s1600/blake_rapid.jpeg (small picture I know, but just google it and you get lots of information.) Blake/rapid can be resoled just as easily as welted shoes, and they are equally water resistant, and also often use cork filling. It's basically just using an extra mid sole instead of a welt.