This month’s topic of conversation will be about the Goodyear welt.
There are many ways to make a shoe but the 3 most commonly found ways are with the following construction methods: The Blake stitch, Cementing and Goodyear Welt.
The Goodyear welt construction method has been used since the late 1800’s to make quality shoes. To this day, it remains the most time-honored and respected way to make shoes. So why is it the best? Here is why:
1. The Goodyear welt joins the upper, welt, and insole all through a single stitch rotation creating a waterproof seal between your foot and the elements.
2. The Blake Stitch stitches through the insole and outsole, sometimes midsole if there is one, in a single stitch. This leaves open holes from the needle punctures from stitching going directly from your outsoles touching the ground to your insoles where water can seep in.
3. Cementing – this is where the outsole is glued onto the midsole and sometimes directly to the welt. There is no stitching holding the sole onto your shoe and glue can weaken over time when water comes in through the crevices. Oftentimes when the soles go on cemented shoes, they tear away at the uppers or welt which involves either replacing the welt as well or having to dispose of the shoe.
Most mass-produced shoes use a cementing or Blake stitching construction method because it is cheaper. We prefer to do things the old fashioned way – the right way as we would rather offer a quality, maintainable product rather than a disposable product.