The welted good-year is invented in the United States at the end of the XIXth century, by Charles Goodyear Junior
The biggest brands of luxury shoes for people, English and French for the main part, are fascinated by the fame of this new revolutionary process. Many made the journey to Americas, to be trained by masters American bootmakers.
Since then, welted Goodyear is and unequalled rest.
The Goodyear welted stitch is binding the last (or insole), the upper and the welt. This stitch is horizontal and invisible on the finished shoe. Its main purpose is to ensure shoe solidity and flexibility.
This technique was named after its inventor, Lyman Reed Blake, and is dated 1858. Thanks to the famous Blake machine, the upper is mounted on an insole and fixed with glue.
In the Blake construction : the sole, the insole and the upper are sewn together. The main specificity of this shoe construction is that the lining is wrapped around the insole and attached between it and the outsole. A single stitch attaches everything together that is visible inside the shoe