Are Loake shoes goodyear welted?
There are various forms of shoe construction which have developed over the years and Loake are capable of utilizing them all. However the overwhelming majority of Loake shoes and boots are traditionally goodyear welted. This is what Loake are very good at and what they are known for. All the other methods are quicker and use fewer materials and are therefore also cheaper. However you cannot beat a goodyear welted shoe when you are looking for comfort, support, weather resilience and repairability.
Other forms of construction:
Certain types of shoe do not lend themselves to goodyear welting. The method is really for temperate climates or where a stouter more robust shoe is required. If you were looking for a softer more flexible loafer for example then a moccasin construction might be more suitable. Therefore Loake do offer a range of superb moccasins such as the Donington and Goodwood.
Similarly for a lighter weight of shoe with a thinner sole then a stitch down or Blakey stitch construction may be more appropriate. Therefore for such designs Loake are able to accommodate such styles into their range. Examples of these are the Mojave shoe and Nicholson loafer respectively.
Loake and goodyear welting:
Loake have been making shoes in Northamptonshire since 1873 and there is nothing they don’t know about making quality footwear. But rest assured they will be using the best method of construction for the particular type of shoe but their heart lies in traditional goodyear welting and this remains their core shoe and boot form of construction.