In a Goodyear welt, the outer sole is sewn to the welt, the cavity between the welt and insole is then filled with a layer of cork, which moulds to the wearer’s foot, providing insulation and comfort. The cork is then covered with a leather mid-sole for protection.
Due to the construction method, Goodyear welting means that it is much easier to resole a Goodyear welted shoe because the welt acts as a buffer between the insole and the outsole.
Goodyear Welting is named after Charles Goodyear Jr who invented the machine which could manufacture shoes using this method of construction. The Goodyear Welted machine was introduced into Tricker’s at the turn of the 20th Century after Walter James Barltrop had returned from a buying trip to New York.