Tires are to cars what shoes are to a man’s outfit. It makes perfect sense, then, that one of footwear’s premium methods of attaching a shoe’s sole to its upper was invented by Charles Goodyear, the son of the vulcanized rubber developer after whom the premium tire company is named. Goodyear welt construction is particularly sought after for the ease with which it allows cobblers to replace worn-down soles on shoes. So long as you take care of your leather upper, high-quality shoes with Goodyear welts can endure a lifetime of sole changes.
What’s a Goodyear Welt?
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