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The Goodyear-Welt

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The Goodyear-Welt

These days we’re all looking to invest in classic quality pieces, that will withstand the test of time. Let us introduce Goodyear Welt, the hallmark of well-made shoes. 

 The defining feature of Goodyear Welted shoes is the fact that they are able to be re-soled, time and time again. Created in 1869, by Charles Goodyear, Goodyear welted shoes have become one of our classic styles. 

IN THE KNOW: WHAT ARE GOODYEAR WELTED SHOES?

In shoes crafted with a Goodyear Welt, a strip of leather (called the welt) is stitched to the bottom edge of the shoe. This binds the upper leather, the leather lining, and the welt to the to the bonded insole. The welt is then stitched to the sole to hold it in place. Although this may seem a little complex, all you really need to know is that this clever stitching improves the overall strength and durability of the shoe. 

 As the Goodyear Welt runs around the outside of the sole, instead of piercing under the foot like most shoes, it increases the shoe’s water resistance. Which, in turn, prevents the chance of a leaky shoe- a scenario we all want to avoid. In most instances, cork is used as a natural shock absorber between the insole and the outsole, it both insulates the feet and provides effective ventilation.

HOW TO TELL IF A SHOE IS GOODYEAR WELTED?

To determine whether a shoe is Goodyear Welted, it is important to look at the stitching between the top of the welt and the outsole. Because a this is a single thread that attached these two parts, the stitch should be consistently finished on both sides. 


 4 REASONS TO INVEST IN A GOODYEAR-WELTED SHOE

Long lasting wear

The primary benefit of a Goodyear Welted shoe is its long-term durability and ability to be resoled time after time. A Goodyear-Welt machine runs a lockstitch through the upper, insole and welt and a dual stitch to the outsole of the shoe. The double stitch means that the shoe is twice as resilient to your average shoe.

Sustainability

A sustainable choice, a Goodyear Welted shoe can be re-soled and repaired to continue its journey into a new chapter, consider it the antidote to fast fashion. A shoe that has been re-soled has the potential to be more comfortable than when bought new, as worn leather uppers will have moulded to fit around the foot’s form, allowing for a more bespoke and comfortable fit.

Timeless style

Goodyear-Welted shoes are constructed with longevity, making them a worthwhile investment for years to come. Due to their timeless and classic style, a pair of Goodyear Welted shoes will almost certainly be in your wardrobe rotation for seasons to come. 

British Craftsmanship

The Goodyear Welt technique is now world known, but Northampton is still considered to be the true home of the Goodyear Welt. 

  

The Goodyear Welted Collection

Discover the quality behind the craftsmanship with the extensive Goodyear Welt collection online and in-store.

    HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GOODYEAR WELTED SHOES 

    • Goodyear-Welted shoes can be a little tricky to break-in, we recommend rubbing a little wax onto the inside of the heel so soften up the lining and reduce the risk of blisters. 
    • Try out your shoes in dry conditions on the first few wears, fine grit on leather soles will build a barrier against moisture and increase the lifespan of your shoes.
    • Investing in good quality shoe polish and conditioning cream will keep your shoes looking smart and build up a protective layer against the glorious British weather.
    • Wearing your shoes on consecutive days can cause damage. Make sure you give them a rest between wears, to help dry them out from rain and any perspiration.

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