Of all the techniques available, the Goodyear Welting process is the best for assembling the components of a premium shoe. This construction ensures a longer service life, increased performance and extra wearing comfort.
Goodyear welted is a sewing technique named after the inventor Chares Goodyear Jr., who patented the sewing machine used today in the premium and luxury English shoe industry. This process involves attaching the sole to the top of the shoe by sewing on the outside of the shoe and not inside it, unlike the Blake or Blake sewing technology quickly used in Italian factories. The main differences lie in the life of the shoe, its comfort and durability.
In terms of service life, shoes sewn through the outer frame, Goodyear welted¸ have the advantage of allowing their retreading, by replacing the soles. The seam being made on the outside, it can be cut, the sole replaced and a new one reattached, thus obtaining a pair of shoes like new, at only a fraction of the price of a new pair. Moreover, in terms of comfort, they will feel like a friendly pair, accustomed to the shape of the foot.
In terms of resistance, the outer seam allows you to multiply the service life by replacing the sole and water resistance, as the outside and inside of the shoe do not communicate directly through the grooves. While the outer seam perforates only the shoe frame and the leather strap attachment, the Blake or Italian stitch, connects the sole to the shoe insole, opening the way for water to the inside of the shoe.
In terms of comfort, a pair of Goodyear welted shoes may seem more uncomfortable at first wear, but they drop very quickly and provide adequate support to the foot through the firm frame, which does not allow the skin to deform and flex very deeply, tiring the foot. The entire Goodyear construction works as a protective shield for the foot against all external factors, while supporting the arch and providing stability.