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In-depth – All about sole and heel edges

Few things say so much about the actual quality of the making on a pair of welted shoes as the work on the sole and heel edges. In this article I go through a number of details on the construction and finishing of welts, heels and sole edges and explain levels of difficulty, the difference between various solutions, if practical function or solely aesthetic, and so on.

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News – The Stitchdown Shoecast with me as guest

In the latest episode of the rather famous workwear boots and shoes focused podcast The Stitchdown Shoecast, I’m the guest. A really interesting talk spanning across many different topics, like the similarities and differences between the dress shoe world and the workwear boots world, discussion on “handmade” shoes and how it’s used for marketing, the actual difference in experience wearing Goodyear welted vs hand welted shoes, and much more.

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In-depth – What is vegan leather?

So-called vegan leather is quickly gaining traction as a popular alternative to regular animal hides. What one needs to be aware of though is that vegan leather in most cases is a synthetic material made of plastic that doesn’t breath well, isn’t biodegradable at all, and can be much more harmful to the environment than traditional animal leather. Learn all about vegan leather and other types of artificial leathers in this article, and how it compares to natural animal leather.

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