Violin Sole + Closed Channel + Metal Toe Caps
What is a ‘Violín’ sole?
As you know, most of our soles are flat at the waist. The bottom of the sole is simply a flat piece of leather running from toebox to heel.
With a fiddleback waist, the waist area is shaped. The sole is substantially thicker in the middle and then thins toward the edges, giving it a shape similar to a stretched-out U. Essentially, it appears convex when viewed from the side.
Fiddlebacks usually go hand-in-hand with a bevelled and narrow waist, making the sole look like a violin or fiddle, hence the name.
Closed channel stitching is a method of manufacture whereby the stitching is covered by a small flap of leather, creating a clean and elegant look.
To create a closed channel-stitched sole requires real skill and a high level of craftsmanship. Firstly, a fine cut is made into the oak tanned leather soles. This cut needs to be the correct depth, not too deep yet not too shallow, approximately 1-2 mm. Once the cut is made the leather is moistened with water to make it easier to work with.
The flap created by the cut is then lifted up opening a channel, which is then ready to be stitched. Once stitched, the flap of leather is cemented and beaten down, giving a bespoke appearance.
Metal Toe Taps
Although they are considered mainly as decorative additions, they serve a functional purpose. While the closed channel sole is a sign of quality shoes, it does have one flaw.
You see, in order to close the channel, you have to cut into the sole to make a very thin flap, as explained before. But closing that flap is ultimately done with shoe cement, which can be reopened over time, particularly in wet environments
The channel often starts to lift at the toes and works its way down. So getting toe taps actually helps to prevent that from the very get-go.
*( Applies only to Goodyear Welted Shoes & Boots )
FIRST FEW WEARS
- Leather soles can expand when wet, so it is best to avoid wet conditions when wearing your new shoes the first two or three outings.
- If for any reason that your leather soles do become wet, take care that you dry them out slowly and naturally, away from direct heat - (eg radiators).
- Leather shoes can often take a day to dry out fully. whenever possible alternate daily with other pairs of Walcott’s Footwear
BRUSH CLEAN & WAX POLISH
- Leather uppers require regular treating with a good-quality wax polish to protect the leather and give a high shine finish.
- This should help to prolong the life of the uppers and maintain their appearance. Ensure the shoes are dry before application.
- Suede and Nubuck uppers can be treated using a ‘Suede Protector’ spray. Using a rubber suede brush can help to lift any dirt and debris.
- Our shoes can last for decades, especially if they are cared for properly. The shoe tree is more than a simple accessory – it is a must.
- Using shoe trees means you will be able to keep your shoes for a lifetime: they will develop a beautiful patina with time, but without ageing.
- Our feet sweat throughout the day and the leather and lining of our shoes absorb all that moisture. This can cause the lining to deteriorate, your shoes to get an unpleasant smell, and the leather to crack over time, thereby ruining your beautifully handcrafted pair of shoes.
- A shoe tree holds a shoe in its proper shape so it dries out correctly and keeps the leather from cracking by wicking away moisture. The absorbent wood also helps dry out the lining of shoes so that they don’t rot from the inside out.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT?
All our Shoe Designs are Handcrafted Made To Order by our Highly Skilled Artisans in our workshops in Spain. All Shoes are handcrafted & delivered in 4 - 6 Weeks
Remember that you are purchasing a totally Made-To-Order product which is not produced in advance, every part of it will be crafted, exclusively for you.
You will have 14 days from receipt of your goods to raise a return request
We aim to reply within 48-72 Hours.
We use DHL as our preferred shipping partners.
You will normally receive your goods in 3-5 Days from receiving your Shipping Confirmation email
*Please note that on major international holidays there could be minor delays in delivery. (we will not be held liable for parcels held by customs)
WHAT IF THERE’S A DELAY ON MY ORDER?
We will do our best to fulfil the above production time for all the orders, however, as a hand-made production process, our production line is subject to issues which are out of our control. Issues like stains or broken pairs while moulding the shoes, forces us to start the manufacturing process from the beginning.
In those cases, we will do our best to keep you informed and try to finish manufacturing as soon as possible.
On the unlikely event of not being able to produce your pair again from the beginning in a reasonable amount of time (i.e. Out of stock of a certain material), we will contact you immediately and offer an exchange or a full refund
WRONG OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
If you believe an item to be defective on delivery & would like to discuss a return, please contact us within 14 days of receipt of goods via our Returns Page. Please provide a detailed explanation & photographic evidence of all defects - photos can be sent to email@example.com
The returned product should be unused & in its original packaging.
The cost of returning the product will be payable by the customer.
*Please bear in mind that each individual skin is unique & genuine. Our hand cutting artisan will arrange cutting patterns on the leather-based on their own experience & craftsmanship. There might be differences in skin patterns, size & tones.
If the leather has any type of irregularity it is due to this fact & is one of the special characteristics of a 100% handcrafted product.
On receipt of the returned product, Walcott’s Footwear will examine & determine if the refund is applicable.
*Please note that Shoes with your Personal or Embossed Initials cannot be returned under any circumstance.
Please review all orders before submission to ensure all is correct.
INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL CUSTOMS
Walcott’s Footwear is not responsible for any customs fees. Customers must coordinate with the appropriate customs office of their residing country to coordinate pick up or delivery of their shipment, and to process payments for any customs charges.