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Blake Welt Stitch Construction

The Blake construction was invented by American, Lyman Reed Blake, in the mid 1800’s. The beauty of the construction is in its simplicity, with a single row of stitching inside the upper attaching the outsole. Unlike

Goodyear welted shoes, the Blake construction has no rib attached to the innersole making it superior in flexibility.

With the Blake welt stitch construction we go one step further in that once the midsole or first sole is attached to the upper we then attach a second sole, also known as

the outsole, to the midsole with a welt stitching machine. Again since there is no rib attached to the innersole flexibility is not compromised but in this instance the two soles provide additional comfort and longer wear. As with all of our Blake stitched shoes they can be resoled.