Serrée Posted August 31, 2010 Report Share Posted August 31, 2010 I’ve decided to basically re-write this post. I am sorry but I think I need to be more complete because I think I have to conclude that there is nothing really wrong with my Bloch slippers. Though, ofcourse I am not an expert- these are just my personal observations. Also Sellen (in her post below) pointed out that the term is “pleating” not “ruching” (thank you Sellen!) and Mr. J ‘s comment (see below) made me realize that I hadn’t finished taking my slippers apart- I hadn’t taken the outer sole off. As so I did that and what I found was very interesting. Also, I decided to show the photos in a regular photo album rather than a slideshow, so just keep clicking on the “next” button to go through the photo‘s.. For anyone who hasn’t read any of my previous posts, the lump in the forefoot of the Bloch slippers has been really bothering me. But I want to point out that it has only been bothering one foot, not both. The foot it has been bothering is the foot with a small bunion. I also have a Morton’s foot, whose tendency, I believe (though I am no expert), is to roll onto the second metatarsal. Also, I am not a child and I bet my fat pad is not as thick as it once was. Combined with beginner technique (poor!) on relevé, and the result is a sore footsie. So a perfect storm of an imperfect body, imperfect technique and ya, I would say (though I am no expert), imperfect slippers. (what is perfect?) That doesn’t negate the fact that when I went shopping for new slippers this week the young saleswoman, who is also an advanced ballet dancer and teacher of children, said she had never felt slippers with such a big lump. She thought there might possibly be something wrong with the construction inside the seams- which is what motivated me to take the slippers apart. Having taken them apart, I see that there was nothing in there. I felt 3 more pairs of slippers this week on my shopping excursions. They all had the lump. It’s subjective of course, but to me, the lump feels bigger on the on the Blochs. Say by 25% but that is really rough and really subjective. I tried on all the slippers and sadly they are all hurting me now. I commented to the saleswoman that the other ones (canvas) also had a lump, she said the lump softens with time. I found that curious because I would say that the lump on the Blochs has hardened with time- though the pain has worsened so maybe it just feels harder. But I was wondering that perhaps when the sweat from my feet makes the leather wet, and then when it dries-perhaps it hardens then. Mr J, I found no cement when taking these apart but these was definitely glue in there- gooey glue. The most glue I found was after taking the outer sole off, the pleats were still all stuck together- I spread them a little but not all the way. They were so glued together that I thought I wasn’t going to be able to separate them further. Then I just picked and pulled as hard as I could and the glue let go and the pleats finally came undone. The glue was still gooey though, just very strong. In the photo’s: First I show the top, then the bottom. Then I turned it insideout to show the insole. The next few photographs attempt to show all the excess insole material. Which, by the way, is not glued down, so if I wear the slippers without tights the sweat from my feet will make the insole in this area sort of curl up and feel very annoying- but I wear tights now so that has not been a problem for a long time. The leather is sewn to the insole at a seam (marked by the lower arrow in the photos). This is also the same location where the outersole is sewn to the leather. So at the seam we have triple thickness: insole, outer sole and pleated leather. The insole extends almost 3/4inch (exactly 1.5 cm) furthur towards the toes, I guess to cover the leather pleats. In the photos, you can see where the insole has covered the pleating because it is whiter than the rest. I also mark the location with a second arrow. It is this 1.5cm (3/4 inch) thick band of insole+pleating that it the “Lump“. It is very stiff, although no completely inflexible, but relatively it is very stiff and difficult for me to bend. It is also thicker than the rest of the slipper so it presses up into my foot more. After originally posting this, and reading Mr. J’s post, I decided to take the outer sole off. Doing so gave a much better pictire of the pleats and how thick and deep they are. I would say approx. 1/8” thick and 1/8” deep. After seeing the pleats, I would guess that it is the thickness of the pleats that is causing the inflexibility. These pleats are also glued together- to expand the leather completely as you see in the very last photo’s, I really had to pull on the glue/leather. I find the last few photo’s most interesting. Ok, that’s it. I am sorry I can’t do a better time describing the photo’s- there are captions below each one. I have spent way too much time on this already but I just wanted so say that in the final analyis (non expert) I don’t see any defects. Thank you! http://s1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa465/...och%20Slippers/ ps: the photos are now spread out over 2 pages- so the new photos are on page 2, press next page at the bottom of the screen Quote Link to comment
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