Veldtschoen v goodyear welted

Veldtschoen v goodyear welted

You may be confused over Veldtschoen v goodyear welted footwear and what exactly is meant by these terms.


Veldtschoen construction is in some ways similar to stitch down construction. Here the upper leather of the shoe or boot is folded outwards away from the upper and this is then stitched through the welt to the sole. The overriding advantage of this is that water is directed away from the shoe and is therefore far less likely to ingress. The disadvantage of veldtschoen is that each time the shoe requires a re-sole the stitching goes directly into the upper leather. Repeated re-soles will therefore weaken the upper and so reduce the life of the shoe. This all means that veldtschoen construction tends to be limited to country style shoes and boots where heavy downpours of rainfall are more of an issue.

Goodyear welted

With goodyear welted construction by contrast the upper leather folds inwards and is attached to the welt with stitching which cannot be seen from outside the shoe. The sole is stitched to the welt only and this stitching does not touch the upper leather. This means that re-soles only weaken the welt and this relatively inexpensive welt can be replaced as and when necessary.


In this veldtschoen v goodyear welted analysis I would suggest that you only select a veldtschoen shoe or boot if they are mainly going to be used for serious outdoor activities.