Are glued shoes acceptable?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by blzr, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. blzr

    blzr Starting Member

    United States
    New York
    New York
    Are glued shoes ever acceptable? Do people here ever consider glued shoes or only Goodyear/ Blake construction.
  2. mkrgk

    mkrgk Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    San Ramon
    The construction and design of a shoe are two entirely different aspects. If you want a shoe to last for a while I would not recommend glued shoes. Also, there is this consideration that a better constructed shoe would likely have better materials as well.
  3. UteLawyer

    UteLawyer Starting Member

    United States
    Salt Lake City
    Acceptable for what? The vast majority of people are not going to be able to tell how your shoe was made. It is often the case that makers of glued shoes attempt to cut costs in other ways. Often, that means that glued shoes tend to look cheaper, but not necessarily because they are glued.
  4. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    All quality, serious shoes that I'm familiar with use some form of stitching in addition to gluing. That said, I'm not omniscient. But if I'm shopping an inexpensive casual shoe, it's less of an issue. I've got any number on cheap Dexter shoes that I know were made in their factory in Dexter, Maine before they closed and sold the name that are glued and which I've still been wearing for at least 10 years.
  5. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    I have a number of shoes with glued soles and have not had issues with them.

    Taken care of properly, stored properly and not abused, you’ll get much wear.
  6. JBierly

    JBierly Super Member

    United States
    A lightly constructed shoe that is glued can be very comfortable and may perform very well. The fact that it probably is not going to be eligible for resoling may be inconsequential. Indeed, it's rare that I have ever resoled any of my shoes since by the time the soles are shot so are the uppers.
  7. swils8610

    swils8610 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    New York
    East Amherst
    If it’s more or less a disposable shoe sure. If it’s a long term purchase prob not. Goodyear construction is the way to go. I’ve got some glued shoes that are great for travel. I’ve got many Alden Shell Cordovan that have a steel shank so they set off the metal detectors. Both can have their place.

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  8. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Some shoe designs are glued. Some are glued and then stitched, but to my knowledge, none are 'just' stitched. Even the soles on my beloved Alden's were first glued and then stitched on! ;)
  9. swils8610

    swils8610 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    New York
    East Amherst
    I’m big Alden fan...they are not airport friendly however. The steel shank always sets off the metal detectors in an the TSA Pre line.

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  10. Tom S.

    Tom S. New Member

    United States
    Glued shoes are a mystery to me. I assume that my running shoes are glued (they certainly aren't stitched) and I have never had a pair come unglued in over 40 years of running. On the other hand, I've had glued boots come apart after only a couple of rounds of mowing the lawn. Go figure.

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