It’s a particular kind of shoe construction technique in which shoe upper is stitched to the sole. In normal shoes the shoe upper curves inwards and is pasted to the insole which is then pasted to the sole. But in stitch down shoes – the upper flares out and is stitched to the sole. There is no insole in these shoes.
This stitching process results in super-light very flexible pair of shoes. If one uses these shoes regularly then they are addictively comfortable and will last for a very long period.
The stitch down technique gives extra room for toes to breathe which makes it more comfortable. It is a classical way of making shoes but given that this needs a specialized skill of stitching to the sole is not commonly used.
I have found this shoe ideal for long walks, it is extremely functional, light and handles sweat well. It is both flexible and has a comfort fit in front while a good snug fit at the back. This means that when you walk a lot the toes etc do not get sore and also since the shoe breathes well – the inside feels cooler than outside. The shoe is made with stitch down construction which means upper is stitched to the sole which makes it very durable as well as lighter. The lightness comes from PU sole which has an interesting curve in the back which somehow helps while I walk in it.
I guess lot of people do not like the old school look of this shoe but I have few boat shoes and even if I compare the comfort of boat shoes to this, this shoe is like generation ahead. And just because it’s been done in a version of leather that it can be used without socks – this is a delight to me.
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