Reitstiefel Kempkens

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Quality features






The inner sole (insole)

The insole is the soul of the shoe, and is made by us not out of cardboard or pressed leather but of durable traditional pit tanned leather.

This leather is only used very rarely because of its very high price, but there is no comparative alternative, which will guarantee that the foot can breathe and that sweat can be perfectly absorbed.


The middle sole (midsole)

The midsole is, likewise, made of this traditional pit tanned leather and is not, as it so often is, made of cardboard or pressed leather.


The lining leather

The lining leather, which must absorb the main amount of foot moisture, is made of vegetable-tanned calf leather.


The bottom filling

The bottom filling, which fills the space between the inner and middle sole or outer sole and which is usually made of cardboard or foam rubber, is, of course, made by us out of cork. Within a short time the foot can shape its own bed in this bottom filling. If this is not enough for you, we offer you individual orthopaedic inserts for any foot ailment.


The shank piece

The purpose of the shank piece is to stabilise the shoe in the flexing phase and it has a dampening effect. In our footwear it is made, not as it so often is, of plastic, but in the traditional shoemaker's style of a beech wedge or of steel.


The outer sole

The outer sole consists, likewise, of traditional pit tanned sole leather, which has the qualities of being very abrasion-resistant, hard and slightly flexible. In addition, it has a very firm fibre structure. We guarantee that our sole leather is not made, as it usually is, of pressed leather.


The Ago method

In the Ago method, the inner sole is attached to the last, the upper or leg is pulled over the last and is temporarily secured (lasted). The lining and the upper leather are subsequently bonded, with high-quality glue, to the insole. After that, the leather outer sole is, likewise, bonded using high-quality glue.


The machine welt process

abb1 In the machine welt process, the inner sole is attached to the last, the upper leather is pulled over the last and temporarily secured (lasted). After that the welt (a leather strip) is fixed to the sole edge and sewn together, by a seam, with the insole, lining and upper leather. Finally, the outer sole is sewn on to this welt.



The inverted seam process

In shoes with inverted seams, as with machine welted shoes, the lining leather, upper leather and insole are sewn together with a pitched thread. This process takes place twice, which is why it is subsequently called an inverted seam. This type of sole is much stronger and the seams are more visible.

  

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