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Rubber welting, or Blake construction, is used in footwear to create sleek, flexible, and comfortable shoes, typically found in dress shoes and other styles where a refined appearance and comfort are primary considerations. While it may not offer the same level of durability as Goodyear welting, it is a popular choice for specific types of footwear.

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Rubber welting, also known as Blake construction or Blake welting, is another construction method used in footwear manufacturing. Unlike leather welting, which involves stitching a leather strip (welt) to both the upper and insole of the shoe, rubber welting does not use a welt. Instead, it involves stitching the upper directly to the sole, typically using a strong thread and adhesive. Here's what rubber welting is used for in footwear:

  1. Sleek and Flexible Design: Rubber welting allows for a sleek and flexible design, making it popular in dress shoes and other footwear where a streamlined and elegant appearance is desired. The absence of a visible welt creates a more streamlined and less bulky look.

  2. Comfort: Because of its flexibility, shoes made with rubber welting can often provide a more comfortable fit and feel. The direct attachment of the upper to the sole can allow for greater flexibility and movement, which can be advantageous in footwear designed for formal occasions or everyday comfort.

  3. Lightweight: Shoes constructed with rubber welting are typically lighter than those with traditional leather welting. This can be an attractive feature for people who prefer lightweight footwear, especially for dress shoes.

  4. Resoling: While rubber-welted shoes can be resoled, the process is generally more complex than resoling Goodyear-welted shoes. The sole is typically cemented, which means it may require specialized equipment and skills for resoling. However, it is still possible to extend the life of the shoes by replacing the soles when they wear out.

  5. Situational Use: Rubber welting is often chosen for specific types of footwear, such as dress shoes or casual shoes, where the focus is on style, flexibility, and comfort rather than heavy-duty use or extreme durability.

  6. Cost-Effective: Blake-welted shoes are often more cost-effective to manufacture compared to those with Goodyear welting, as the process is generally less labor-intensive.

In summary, rubber welting, or Blake construction, is used in footwear to create sleek, flexible, and comfortable shoes, typically found in dress shoes and other styles where a refined appearance and comfort are primary considerations. While it may not offer the same level of durability as Goodyear welting, it is a popular choice for specific types of footwear.

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