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Why are men's soles wider than the shoes?


Why is the sole of a man’s shoe wider than the shoe, but it isn’t for trainers or women’s shoes?
Nathan, Enfield


** Definitive **
Name: James, Hornchurch
Qualification: Menswear designer
Answer: It’s to do with the quality of the shoes. Men want their shoes to last longer and don’t want to have to re-sole them as often. Going way back, the only way you could do that was using a machine called a Goodyear welding machine, where you stretch wet leather around a shoe-shape and then sew it on to the sole. The only way you can do that is by stitching it on the outside.