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Why some mens shoes cost up to $1000 dollars?

Have you ever wonder why some high quality men's shoes cost up to a thousand dollars?  An important factor in how much you pay for a pair of shoes and how long they'll last is based on their materials and their construction method. We don't usually know what we are getting, as in the store shoes might look the same, but we must pay close attention to the materials and the construction method. Before we move on it is important that we understand the basic parts of a shoe: The upper – This is the leather that is seen above the sole when a shoe is worn.  The insole – This is the material on the inside of the shoe with which...

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The world's best material for shoes

What is the world's best material for shoes?  Leather, no doubt. Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide.  Leather is the term used for a hide that has been tanned and turned into a product ready to use for a final shed product (shoes, leather goods, upholstery, etc.) Tanning is the chemical process applied to a hide to stop its natural decomposition. There are different types of tanning:  Veg tan tanning, Chrome tanning, Synthetic tanning.  It is important to understand that rawhides are a byproduct of the meat industry.  Long time ago, an old master tanner explained to me... "as long as people eat meet there will be hides available to make leather,  no...

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