Goodyear welted shoes

For over 100 years it has become accepted by those in the shoe making world that the Goodyear welted method of shoe construction is the best.  Goodyear welted shoes will last much longer than other types of construction since they can be repaired innumerable times.  Put simply this method involves having a strip of leather, called the welt stitched all around the shoe to the upper.  Then rather than stitching the sole leather directly onto the upper leather or insole it is stitched onto this welt.  The great benefit being that when it comes time for a re-sole the new sole can be stitched onto the welt again without putting holes in the upper leather.  All the best shoe makers use the Goodyear welted method of construction for their finest shoes.

A Goodyear welted shoe under construction

Shoemakers are not restricted to using a leather sole for Goodyear welted shoes and boots.  In 1894 the Harboro Rubber Company in Market Harborough on the borders between Leicestershire and Northamptonshire started making rubber soles. Because these were harder wearing and with a better traction than leather soles these rubber soles proved immediately popular.  By far and away the most popular rubber sole used by the very best shoemakers of Northampton is the Dainite rubber sole.  This sole first appeared in 1910 and has remained essentially the same product 104 years later and the Dainite factory remains on the same premises in Market Harborough.  You will find the Dainite Goodyear welted rubber sole used by the following premium shoemakers in most of their rubber soled shoes:  Cheaney, Crockett & Jones, Church’s, Barker, Tricker’s, Sanders and Loake.
When they do eventually need a re-sole you can have your Dainite soled shoes repaired with a replacement Goodyear welted stitched rubber sole.  Such shoes are built to last and can be repaired any number of times.  At Bradshaw and Lloyd we stock a very extensive selection of Goodyear welted shoes and boots.

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