Charles Goodyear was the inventor of a stitching machine and production system that made the shoemaking industry take a giant leap in 1872. The Goodyear system helped speed up the stitching of the welt to the vamp of the shoe considerably. Although the invention accelerated the process compared to traditional hand welting, the process still requires a lot of manual labour in order to maintain the very high quality we associate with welted shoes. Although improvements have been made since it's invention in 1872, the Goodyear production technique remains more or less the same since. Most people will agree that the Goodyear welting technique is the best and most durable manufacturing technique for luxury footwear.
There are several advantages of the Goodyear welting technique.
- Durability - a Goodyear Welted shoe lasts very long and can be resoled numerous times. If cared for properly a Goodyear Welted shoe can last for decades.
- Insulation - the welts that joins the vamp to the sole helps keep the barers feet dry. Keep in mind though that the technique is from 1872 - a Goodyear Welted shoe is not waterproof like a modern hiking boot in Gore-Tex or Wellingtons.
- Comfort - a Goodyear Welted shoe should fit quite snuggly in the beginning. As you wear the shoes, you will break them in. The leather adopts to your foot and there's a layer of cork under the footbed that will also take form after your foot.
- Elegance - the welted shoe is the number one choice for the well dressed gentleman. This is an undisputed fact. The construction itself makes the shoe sturdy and masculine, yet still elegant.
At Löf & Tung we are proud that all of our shoes are Goodyear Welted. A lot of man hours goes into producing a single pair of Löf & Tung shoes. We will never cut corners or cut costs in order to increase our margins. Our mission is to provide you with the best looking high quality shoes we possibly can. It's as simple as that.