It is always amazing to see the workmanship of the shoe industry from before the 1950’s. Even more impressive is the work from the turn of the 20th century. Although machinery in shoemaking was introduced in the 1850’s and heavily used by the 1890’s, there simply seemed to be a higher level of workmanship all the way up through the mid 1900’s, with respects to today. As I have said before, shoemaking now is brilliant with features that are beautiful, unique and that never existed before but I still feel that precision in the finishing and overall detail was taken far more seriously then. Take for example the stitching on the upper of the shoe presented. While this probably would not be a hot-selling item today and therefore probably never attempted, I still feel doubtful that the precision of this closing work (stitching on the upper) could be mimicked by the factory workers of today (to this level of accuracy). The question is why? And that question, to me, is very important….
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