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It is a well-known phenomenon in the world of shoes, the Goodyear Welted method. But for many this is an unknown concept. What does it mean exactly? And why is it such a good method to produce your shoes? In this blog we will further discuss the Goodyear Welted method. Causing that you know the basic principles of the Goodyear Welted method and appreciate the quality that it presents.


What does the Goodyear Welted method mean?

The Goodyear Welted method is an industrial way of making shoes. This method is invented in 1871, when the American Charles Goodyear Jr. developed a technique where the upper leather, the welt and the sole are stitched together. This ensures that the construction of the shoe is very strong, causing that the upper leather, the welt and the sole can not go separate from each other. To achieve this there is developed a special Goodyear weltmachine. This method ensures that the construction of the shoe can last decades. By this technique the shoe is very strong and also durable. Unlike other techniques where the sole and/or welt goes separate from the upper leather.

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Why are shoes made according to this method usually so expensive?

A drawback of this method is the fact that it’s very expensive. This is caused by different factors. At first, much more work is needed to perform this method. Everything is handmade and there are more actions in the process. The persons who make the shoes have specific talents to make the shoe. The Goodyear Welted method is namely a method with many small details. Pure craftsmanship is needed. The last factor is the materials that are needed. For the Goodyear Welted method are more materials necessary than other methods. All this factors results in a higher cost price. But this cost price guarantee a supreme quality.


Butts and Shoulders and Goodyear Welted

In the product range of Butts and Shoulders are three different shoes. Namely the Classic Boots, the Worker Boots and the sneakers. Do we use the Goodyear Welted method? Yes we do! The Classic Boot is fully made according to the Goodyear Welted method and Worker Boot is almost fully according to the method. Only the heel is not made in that way, because then the heel had been too wide. This Boots are all handmade to ensure the quality. We selected this method because it is in the same way of our thoughts. We do everything to achieve the best quality! What are your thoughts about the Goodyear Welted method? Leave a comment!


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