Style: High Marks
MARCH 01, 2002
Certain characteristics distinguish quality footwear from lesser pairs.
· Goodyear welted construction (when the upper is sewn to a welt and the welt is sewn to the sole, creating two levels of stitching) is superior for retaining the shape of the shoe. Another quality option is Blake construction, where the sole is stitched directly to the upper. Least desirable are shoes with glued-on soles.
· Look for stitching that is both consistent and parallel.
· Insist on full leather linings and midsoles (the piece between your foot and the sole), particularly those made of goatskin or pigskin with deep, open pores to absorb moisture.
· The fit should be immediately comfortable—the heel should fit snugly but not tight, and toes should allow for wiggle room. Contrary to popular belief, fine footwear does not require breaking in.