A variant of the Blake construction
In the complex world of shoe construction techniques, each method can boast its own long history – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement and hybridity.
A perfect example of this is the Rapid construction method, more updated version of the traditional Blake method we discussed in a previous entry that makes it more similar to another technique, the Goodyear.
In the Blake construction method — which takes its name from American inventor Lymon Blake who devised a special sewing machine in the 1800s — the upper, lining, insole and outsole are held together by a single seam [or Blake stitch], while in the Rapid method there is an additional step and a second sole, known as the midsole.
The first part of the procedure is the same as the Blake, except that the primary stitching joins together the upper, lining, insole and midsole, while a second, external row of stitching attaches the midsole to the outsole, which may be made of leather or rubber.
The advantages? An impeccable look, better waterproofing and greater durability, without detracting from flexibility, lightness and comfort. Moreover, shoes made using the Blake Rapid technique can be resoled easily, thus ensuring they last for a long time.
Photo courtesy of Calzaturificio Lancio.