Construction Method

Have you ever wondered how the finest shoes are constructed.  Following you will find examples of the GoodYear Welt found on a lot of our Luxury dress shoes and boots.

Equally as reliable the Blake Welt, which is featured on all of our Premium footwear and some of the Luxury range. 


There are three basic methods of shoe construction: cementing, Blake welting, and Goodyear welting. We use all three, Blake and Original Goodyear production methods on our dress shoes and boots. Cementing is used for all of our casual styles. Each of them has its advantages, and defines how the sole is attached to the upper.

Goodyear Welt

Original Goodyear welting is the oldest, most labor intensive, and most durable of the three methods of construction. 

For more than 300 years, the Original Goodyear Welting process has been associated with excellence and superior workmanship.

More than 60 craftsmen are involved in the process of manufacturing one of our Goodyear shoes, and they use between 25 and 50 different elements and pieces.

All this involves a process with more than 120 handcrafted phases, from beginning to end.

In 1872 Charles Goodyear invented a machine capable of stitching the welt to the insole, thus revolutionising the quality of footwear worldwide. Due to its longstanding heritage, little needed maintenance, waterproof durability and clean aesthetic, Goodyear method is highly valued in the high-end shoe market.


The welt refers to 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, as opposed to being attached directly to the upper like the Blake stitch method.

The cavity created by the welt between the insole and the outer sole is filled with cork, another natural product which provides insulation, protection, and comfort: as you wear the shoe, the cork filler takes an impression of your foot, like memory foam. This provides unparalleled comfort and support when compared to cheaper forms of manufacturing.

Blake Stitching

Experts recognise Blake-stitched shoes by their soles: the insole is sewn directly to the outsole. Blake-stitched shoes such as loafers don’t have cork bottom fillers or any additional layers of insulation.

A special sewing machine is used for this shoe production method—this machine directly stitches through the outsole, insole and bottom edge of the shoe shaft, connecting them without using welts.

Blake-stitched shoes don’t feature cork bottom fillers or additional layers of insulation, like Goodyear shoes. Loafers are a prime example of this kind of shoe. As opposed to Goodyear-welted men’s shoes, Blake-stitched shoes are assembled in fewer steps.

Cementing

Cementing is the fastest, and most common method of attaching the sole of a shoe. Once the upper is shaped and completed around the last, the sole is attached with an adhesive, and no welting is used.

Slippers fall under this category, as well as some other Men Dress rubber soles, like the Running and Sportwedge rubber soles.

Soles

Below you will find examples of all the soles we use across our range