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Original Goodyear Welted
Original Goodyear Welted shoes have always been associated with excellence and superior workmanship. This construction process is expensive, time consuming and requires highly skilled craftsmanship.For instance, more than 60 craftsmen are involved in the process of manufacturing one of our Goodyear shoes, requiring more than 120 production steps, from beginning to end.
Invented hundreds of years ago, Goodyear is still considered one of the finest method of shoe construction today. The construction get its strength, durability and repair qualities by stitching the upper leather, lining leather and welt (a specially prepared piece of leather) to the ribbing that has already been bonded to the insole. The welt is then stitched to the leather or rubber sole. It is this final stitch, holding the sole in place, which we can cut through enabling complete removal of the sole without causing damaging the upper.
Full Calf Lined Interior
These shoes are fully-lined with soft calfskin leather, which means ultimate comfort. Most companies will only partially line their shoes, but we go the extra mile because it means a more comfortable shoe and less break-in time.
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Shell Cordovan Leather
Yes, you’ve heard right, Shell Cordovan —the cream of the crop when it comes to luxurious quality shoe leather.
For those of you who never hear of it, Cordovan is a type of leather that really stands out.
Its glossy finish, refined texture, and durable nature makes it the leather of choice for high-end shoe manufacturers.
Shell cordovan is vastly regarded as the finest leather in the world because of its bright luster, non-creasing grain character, great leather smell, durability, and ability to develop and keep these characteristics over time.
The Zurigo Shoe Last
This style is produced using our most famous shoe last, which features a round toe for a classic english look. The Zurigo last is a perfect choice for either a casual look or a more contemporary shape to wear with formal clothes. The classic fit and slight almond toe creates a beautiful last with a timeless and versatile shape.
Bevelled-Waist Sole & Toe-Taps
The fiddle waist Goodyear welted sole really is a special thing , this sole has a narrow, bevelled waist and comes with metal “toe-taps”.
The fiddle waist, also known as a violin waist refers to the narrow bevelled-waist aesthetic of these sole models. This is achieved by thickening the sole in it’s mid-point and gently tapering from the middle to the edges. This skilful shoe-making technique results in a beautiful bevelled waist.
This is an extremely time consuming process, as the shaping has to be precise and must match perfectly on each shoe so that one does not differ from the other. This is not easy to do, but when done well it is very much worth the effect that the detail provides for both the customer and the maker. It is a sign of pride in your craftsmanship and a sign of elegance in your shoe.
Entirely cut by hand
The Clicking Department is the first stage of production. The
highly skilled Clickers (whose name derives from the 'click'
sound made when the knife is removed from the leather) use
predetermined patterns to intricately cut the shoe's uppers and
linings. Each Clicker design and grind the blade of their knife to
their own personal taste and working preference.