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When the name ‘Goodyear’ is mentioned, the first thing you may think of is car tyres, but Goodyear were also great innovators in the footwear industry. The UK based company opened its first factory, ‘The Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company’, near Wolverhampton, England, in 1927.
Innolux is delighted to be continuing this great manufacturing tradition by producing a classic leather boot using techniques and processes that have remained largely unchanged for many years.
Goodyear’s major footwear innovation was the ‘welt’, invented in 1869 by Charles Goodyear, Jr. who designed the machinery used in the process. A welt is a strip of leather, rubber or plastic that is stitched to the insole and upper of a shoe as an attachment point for the sole itself. When attached, the welt forms a cavity which is then filled with cork or some other porous material.
The major benefit of a shoe with Goodyear welt construction is the hugely increased lifespan it enjoys, as the shoe can be resoled repeatedly with no damage to the upper. Shoes made with the welt are also extremely waterproof. The nature of this highly skilled method of construction means that shoes made with the Goodyear welt take much longer to produce than cheaper alternatives that often have welts for aesthetic reasons, but serve no real useful purpose. The Goodyear welt is the chosen method of construction for many well-known brands, including Alden, Cheaney, Crockett & Jones, Grenson Ltd, John Lobb, and Wildsmith Shoes.
Innolux’s Vietnamese factory is already well-known for producing luxury hand-crafted leather shoes using techniques and methods similar to those used in Italy for over 200 years, and we are now very proud to be manufacturing Goodyear brand boots using the traditional production methods that ensure the highest quality footwear.
This picture is reproduced courtesy of http://www.soletopia.com/2012/12/wolverine-1000-mile-goodyear-welt-construction-process-video/.