Cutting Expensive Dress Boots In Half? (What's INSIDE Thursday Boots)

What's Inside Expensive Boots [0:00:01]They’re too strong for the saw! All right, gentlemen, in today’s video, I'm cutting in half this beautiful pair of expensive high-end boots so that I can teachyou guys what to look for, what's inside a great pair of boots.

Now, to be perfectly transparent, I'm notgonna cut in half this pair right here.


These are brand new.

Nolan, the CEO over at Thursday Boots, justsent them to me.

He agreed to this video and thought it wasa great idea.

I’m like “Sure.

I'll talk a little bit about Thursday andeverything that goes into these.

” But guys, the pair I am cutting in half aremy old pair of Thursday Boots, which I've had for 3 years.

And it's sad.

But yes, these boots, we’re gonna cut ‘emin half.

We’re gonna find out what is inside a pairof high quality Goodyear welted boots.

You’re ready guys? Let’s do it.

All right, gentlemen, it’s okay.

Get emotional.

We're about to do it.

We’re about to cut these beautiful pairof boots in half.


Somewhere someplace angels are crying.

Let's find out what's inside.

They’re too strong for the saw! All right.

So, round 2.

These boots too tough for the saw.

Let’s give it another shot.

Too tough.

Now, this is just getting embarrassing.

I think I got smoke coming out of this saw.

These boots are amazing! It’s smoking! Gentlemen, let’s give some respect to theseboots.

I mean, these things did not go down withouta fight.

They may have destroyed my saw here.

No, I don’t think they did, but that waspretty cool.

All right, gentlemen, so the deed is done.

Now, let’s talk about what’s inside ofa good pair of boots.

All right.

So, let’s go ahead and get into these high-endboots and what we found on the inside.

So, when I look up at the tongue, the tongueon a pair of boots, this is going to be what protects for your foot from the laces.

It’s going to be where the quarter and thevamp— This is the part right over here on the upper.

It’s going to basically move up.

But when I’m looking at the built overallof this tongue, great.

And the leather on these boots, this is reallygood leather.

Very thick.

And I'm very happy to see that they used agood letter.

This is why these boots are gonna hold upso long.

When you take care of a great thick leatherlike this and if you treat the leather, you condition it, you polish it, you take careof it, it’s gonna be able to come back.

So now, as we go down and we get towards wherethe upper meets the outsole, what we’re gonna notice is that there’s a welt.

This makes sense.

This is a Goodyear welted pair of boots.

The cool thing about a Goodyear welt is it'sgonna be the most water resistant of all the built.

Nothing against a Blake stitch, but a Blakestitch is gonna be done on the inside of the shoe and it does open it up to a little bitof water penetration, but a Goodyear welt are going to do a much better job becauseit brings in that extra layer, which is the welt.

And the welt is basically going to be whatconnects that upper to the outsole.

All right.

So, speaking about soles, let’s go aheadand talk about the outsoles here on these boots going down the length of the boot.

I’m gonna notice that the outsole here we’vegot 2 layers of rubber.

They’re stitched together on the outsideusing that Goodyear welt.

On the inside, I can notice they do have alittle bit of an adhesive, which I understand why they would have that there, but the stitchingis really the key that keeps it together.

Now, if we go look at the heel, one thingI want you to notice here and you’re gonna have to look really careful, notice that thattack that goes all the way down.

[0:05:00]Tack, nails.

Basically, you’ve got a piece of metal that, as they were building this together, it was nailed all the way through.

Now, I know that they're gonna use an adhesiveto keep together these layers as well, but this right here is all made out of leather.

So, the heel, we’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4.

4 layers right there of leather and then alarger thick layer of rubber which looks like it's attached with both the tack and an adhesive.

So, that’s really nice.

And you got multiple tacks over on the side.

So, a great job with the construction.

In fact, as I’m pulling on this and pulling, I can’t actually pull this apart at all.

So, great construction there.

Now, as we move up from the heel and we startto go back up through the outer sole, then all of a sudden we look that they’ve gota lining.

These guys use a classic cork lining.

And I can tell you that some of the best shoecompanies out there are using cork linings.

Cork over time is going to conform to yourfoot.

And then I’m gonna go ahead and let's lookat the shank.

So, we do have a shank here.

It goes about halfway down the boot.

Now, moving up above the shank, we’re gonnanotice this white layer right here and it goes all the way down the length.

I'm looking at this.

It actually doesn't have much give.

So, I'm not thinking that this is a cushion.


Actually, I'm thinking that this is weatherprotection from the elements.

So, basically, it's gonna protect your outersole and then it's gonna protect the insole.

And that's the next piece we've got.

So, the insole is gonna be that flat protectivepiece right there that has a little bit of cushion on it.

But most importantly, it’s gets there forsweat absorption.

So, your feet will sweat and this is righthere to absorb that sweat and then basically, you know, over time when you're not wearingthe boots, usually you wanna give them a day of rest.

That’s when that sweat is just going tobasically, you know, kind of find its way out.

Now, let's look at the stitching.

So, the stitching is straight and I see about12 stitches per inch.

That's great.

14 stitches.

You’re gonna see that on really high-endshoes.

So, when we look at the heel right above it—I'm gonna look in the back.

I see they've got a white stiffener.

This isn’t going to go all the way backup.

It goes up it looks like about 2 inches.

And what I noticed about this stiffener, thisone actually is pretty stiff, which is good.

You want that on a pair of boots.

That's gonna ensure and maintain the shapeof the back heel.

So, understand when you're buying a qualitypair, what you're paying for are those extra layers, the fact that you're not gonna havea hollow heel, the fact that you're gonna have all these things put together and basicallyadhering to each other in various ways so that these boots are gonna last you a lifetime.

And that's what you're looking for.

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