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Why are my shoes wearing so differently?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Perhaps some of you could help explain why these three pairs of shoes, which have seen about the same amount of use, display the following wear characteristics, which are very very different: Pair 1: Â Ermenegildo Zegna captoes (not sure if Blake or Goodyear) Â Notice that the left shoe turns up more than the right shoe? [​IMG] Pair 2: Â Ermenegildo Zegna Napoli Couture bluchers, Blake stitched. Â Notice that the right shoe turns up more than the left? [​IMG] Pair 3: Church's Balmoral, Goodyear welted. Â More symmetrical wear compared to the other two pairs? [​IMG] It is strange that pair 1 and 2 display assymetry but in completely opposite manner, as if two different persons wore those shoes. Â Why? Why do you think the Church's seem to have held up better? Â Is it its Goodyear construction?
     


  2. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    Maybe the Church's leather is thicker and less prone to molding than the Zegnas. I don't know for sure, since I've never owned a pair of either. Could be either this or the construction, though.
     


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    chorse123 Senior member

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    Is the fit identical on all three? It seems to me that my stride changes depending on the shoes I'm wearing, which could account for different wear.
     


  4. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Fit is different because they are from different lasts. The bluchers fit a little wider than the other two oxfords. That might be the reason for different wear. Any other thoughts?
     


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    Horace Senior member

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    (chorse123 @ Jan. 30 2005,03:40) Is the fit identical on all three? It seems to me that my stride changes depending on the shoes I'm wearing, which could account for different wear.
    Fit is different because they are from different lasts. Â The bluchers fit a little wider than the other two oxfords. Â That might be the reason for different wear. Â Any other thoughts?
    The way one walks might affect the wear of the shoes. And your explanation of why they wear differently (from model to model) seems a good one. If you're really concerned, consider seeing a podiatrist.
     


  6. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    It's not serious enough to warrant medical attention  [​IMG] I'd rather spend the money on getting better shoes.  Looks like my Church's wore symmetrically relative to the other two.  It could very well be attributed to construction quality. Having said that, my Church's had deeper creases in the uppers relative to the Zegnas.  Can't win. I am going to try other English makes next to see if I can find  better all round shoes in terms of style, fit and construction.
     


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