I am always being asked, ‘what is Goodyear welting?’ and ‘what makes Goodyear welted shoes so good?’ Well to answer these questions we will have to travel back in time to 1869. Charles Goodyear Jr, not to be confused with his relative who invented Goodyear rubber. Invented a new way to construct shoes and without being too modest, dubbed it the Goodyear Welt. It quickly became the most widely known best way to construct a quality shoe, and that is certainly what you are paying for, quality.
The welt is a strip of leather that is sewn around the perimeter of the upper of the shoe, onto the insole. The outer sole is then sewn to the welt. The space created by the welt between the insole and the outer sole is then filled with cork, a natural product that provides protection, insulation.
As you wear the shoe, the cork filler, like memory foam, takes an impression of your foot. This provides the wearer with unparalleled comfort and support. Thus is the reason the Goodyear welt is my favourite type of footwear and I’m sure it will become yours too.
Due to the construction of these shoes there is an extra layer of leather. This keeps the wearer higher off the ground than most shoes. This makes the shoes more insulated in harsher weather. Ensuring it takes longer before you get any soggy socks. Not only do Goodyear Welted shoes provide you with unparalleled comfort but they are built to last. You are able to replace the sole at any time. Even opt for a rubber sole if you’re bored of leather and fancy a change, or vice versa. This is why I wholeheartedly recommend Goodyear Welted footwear to any looking for a good quality shoe that offers amazing comfort!