Footwear to go with our jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by red devil, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

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    purely from your photo comparison, seems like with handwelting it can get closer partially more hidden under the upper perhaps? in some countries where wage is cheaper than investing in machinery, hand welting is just that.
     
  2. Imuricecreamman

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    A lot of the color seems to get absorbed into the leather giving it a much darker color which blends nicely with the original color. The rain and moisture seems to have taken the residual black color on the top.
     
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  3. Marc mndt

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    I agree that from the previous photo comparison that seems to be the case. However, here's another closeup of a crockett and Jones machine welted shoe, pretty close to the upper. A7159253-03DF-49B8-B8C9-7F51CE806600.jpeg
    Now these are all examples of dress shoes. Since dress shoes should be elegant one could argue that a higher stitch count or stitching closer to the upper would be preferable because it looks more elegant. Personally, on rugged boots which are essentially work wear, I don't see the need for these qualities. The machine welted construction is more than fine.
     
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  4. Robbie79

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    Not sure about the stitch count but manufacturing a hand welted shoe for sure takes much longer than making a machine welted shoe and quality and longevity of a shoe depends on quality of materials used and skills of the artisan.
     
  5. Harris HTM

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    https://www.misiuacademy.com/methods-of-shoe-construction/
     
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  6. Marc mndt

    Marc mndt Practically Family

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  7. Bfd70

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    ^thanks. Informative.
    Sounds like the mystery is solved.
     
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  8. red devil

    red devil Call Me a Cab

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    It seems pretty accurate, I remember showing pictures to a professional and he could immediately tell if it was hand welted or not. It seems indeed to be an aesthetic consideration that is clearly visible if you know what you are looking for.

    Good ressource to read through, thanks! :)
     
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  9. Harris HTM

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    Yep, this blog is really interesting for shoe enthusiasts.
     
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  10. Marc mndt

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    I agree that for high end shoes/boots, quality of materials used and skill of the artisan is probably higher. However, i don't think it makes any difference in terms of longevity. Even though handmade, I do 't think a Rolls-Royce is more durable than a Mercedes Benz. Now back.to shoes :) Beyond a certain level, You're also paying for materials which are waisted: if you only use parts of a hide which are 100% flawless, you can only manage to cut the leather needed to make one pair of shoes from 1 hide, instead of two pairs if your would accept minor flaws.
     
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  11. red devil

    red devil Call Me a Cab

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    That I think is a difference between mid tier and high tier shoes?
     
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  12. Mich486

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    I’m no expert but I see zero advantage from a longevity point of view in handwelting vs machine welting. I also can’t see any visual difference if I have to be honest. It’s just one of those things I don’t care enough to pay more for (clearly a manual process is more labour intensive).
     
  13. Harris HTM

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    Marc are you sure that Edward Greens are hadn welted (ignore their price)? I've read in many sources they are goodyear welted and the only video I found seems to prove it (around 2.12)

    Maybe some more expensive lines? Though if their goodyear welted ones cost that much I dare not think the price of hand welted.
     
  14. Marc mndt

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    At the time I bought these shoes, I just liked the idea of having something handmade. I just had to try it, thinking they would have some magic qualities to them. Now I know. Yes they are great shoes and I've found out that the 82 last fits perfectly, almost like it's bespoke. But does it justify two times the price? I would say no.
     
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  15. Marc mndt

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    You could be right. At 2:16 you can see they handclose the upper, using a pigs bristle. At 4:19 you can see they machine stitch the welt.
     
  16. Harris HTM

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    Yes, I meant 4.12, excuses!
    Obviously they are good year welted, otherwise they'd advertise the hand welt in theri website.
     
  17. Marc mndt

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    According the guide you shared, handwelt is the same as Goodyear welt, only done by hand:
    "There is not much to say about Hand Welting, because it is essentially the same technique like Goodyear. As the name implies, the main difference is that after lasting the shoe, the welting is done by hand instead of machine."

    So Goodyear welting can be done by machine or hand.
     
  18. Marc mndt

    Marc mndt Practically Family

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    @Harris HTM i think in this discussion we've lost every jacket aficionado by now hehe.
     
  19. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM Practically Family

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    yep, I stop!
     
  20. Downunder G Man

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    Thank goodness, And it's "wasted" not "waisted". My turn to be the forum police
     

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