When it comes to choosing our shoes, we generally pay attention to the style, the material they are made of, the comfort they offer us, even the color is important, but how many times the construction method was the decisive factor in your choice?
One of the oldest manufacturing processes of men’s shoes and also one of the most elaborate and durable is the Goodyear Welt construction. This process was invented in 1869 by the American Charles Goodyear, Jr and can be realized both with the sewing machine he invented, as well as by hand, implying a series of stages.
Through this technique, the base of the shoe is stitched to the sole: the upper part of the shoe - shaped over the last – and the welt are held together with a horizontal and invisible stich named the welt seam, and the sole, which is made of an insole, a cork layer and an outer sole, will be attached to the welt both by a lockstitch seam, which is not visible, and also by an external visible seam.
This exclusive finish guarantees the extraordinary durability and high quality of the shoes. Due to the cork filler of the welt, this type of shoe is very comfortable. It’s also very important to choose the right last. The best advantage of the Goodyear welt construction is that the shoe can be resoled repeatedly, without deteriorating the shoe uppers made of leather that will keep their natural properties for a very long time. Most of the well-known shoe brands use this special construction process.
Visit our showrooms in Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara, where the Tudor Personal Tailor consultants will be pleased to show you the newest collection of Goodyear Welt shoes that can be purchased both at standard sizes and made to measure, according to to the shape of the client's foot and to his esthetic wishes.