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Goodyear Welt

A Goodyear welt is a strip of leather that is sewn around the bottom edge of a shoe, attached to both the insole and the upper.

The Goodyear Welt process

The welt can be easily unstitched, which thus detaches the sole without damaging the rest of the shoe, meaning it can be replaced time and time again as it is worn down.

When it comes to Goodyear welted shoes, not only is the resoling going to be easy because the stitching is on the outside, but as long as the upper stays in great shape you can resole them as many times as you need to. You're simply replacing the sole.

All our Goodyear welted boots and shoes can be resoled making them useful for at least 20 years.

Please contact us at hola@unmarked.mx so we can assist you.

It depends the work you want to realize, cost of the sole, leather, etc. 

Please contact us at hola@unmarked.mx so we can send you a quotation. 

Most shoemakers limit the number of times they will resole, usually 2 or perhaps 3 times. If the shoe is still in good condition after that you could still get it resoled, however.

It is important that you replace the soles of your shoes before you wear holes into them. There are three ways to evaluate whether your soles need to be replaced: 

  1. Press into the center of the sole with your thumb. If the sole feels spongy or weak, it is time to replace it.
  2. If you see a circular wearing pattern on the bottom of the shoe.
  3. If you look at the edge of the shoe where the sole meets the welt and see uneven wearing due to pronation, then it, again, is time to replace the sole.

And, obviously, if you have worn a hole into the bottom of your sole, then it needs to be replaced immediately.

If necessary, repairs rare also, undertaken by a professional, a Goodyear-welted shoe can easily enjoy a shelf life of six to ten years maybe up to twenty if you take good care. 

You must consider that Goodyear welted shoes take time to break in. They are typically stiff and may be a bit uncomfortable at first. Over time they will become one of your favorite and most comfortable shoes.

For the first few wears, it is uncomfortable and gives you blisters. But somehow after a period, it magically becomes more comfortable; this is called the break in period.

A few tips: 

  1. Put on thick socks on your feet. 
  2. Blast one of the shoes all over with a hair dryer for around a minute, until it’s warm and soft. 
  3. Put the shoe on your foot.
  4. Repeat with the other shoe.
  5. Walk around your house at least until the shoes have cooled - the longer you can keep them on the better.

If you have time, ideally do this a couple of times.

This construction method stops water and other outside debris from entering the shoe. While not waterproof, it is certainly water resistant.

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