BEHIND THE SCENES 24
We decided to put our construction through it's paces to see how it faired against a run of the mill trainer construction.
After 6 months of wear we opened up two pairs of shoes in the same way we would in preparation for a resole.
On the left a trainer with a cardboard lasting board attached to the upper using adhesives with no filling between the lasting board and the outsole.
On the right our trainer with a full leather lasting board attached to the upper using a partial blake stitch with an absorbent felt filling.
The difference in durability is clear, with the run of the mill trainer already in need of a lasting board replacement, a process in which the board is removed, requiring the shoe to be lasted again, undoing the breaking in process and making a resole a much lengthier undertaking.
Our shoe, with it's blake stitch and higher quality components, shows some wear and tear but is not in need of any work. If a resole was required it would be a simple case of removing the sidewall stitch and replacing the sole, no lasting necessary.
The choices we make make our shoes more durable and easy to maintain. This is why we believe in better materials, better components and better craftsmanship.
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