Goodyear Welt Production
At Civardi we are proud to produce all of our dress shoes and boots with Goodyear Welted soles. The Goodyear Welt method of production has a long heritage and is highly valued in the high-end footwear market.
A Goodyear welt provides your footwear with an element of waterproof durability and a nice clean aesthetic. Your local cobbler will also thank you as it is easier to properly repair Goodyear welted footwear. The soles are generally replaceable in their entirity – no more patching-up and making-do!
In 1872 Charles Goodyear invented a machine capable of stitching the welt to the insole, thus revolutionizing the quality of footwear worldwide. For nearly 150 years, this manufacturing process has been associated with footwear excellence and superior workmanship.
More than 60 Civardi craftsmen are involved in the process of manufacturing one pair of our Goodyear Welted shoes or boots, and they use between 25 and 50 different elements and pieces for each pair. All this involves a process of more than 120 handcrafted phases, from beginning to end.
Our Range of Goodyear Welted Soles
We are pleased to offer our collection of Goodyear Welted soles in a range of different materials. Whilst plain leather and Dainite rubber are the most popular and best known, we also offer a few interesting alternatives.
When viewing our ranges of shoes and boots, you can use the “Sole” filter to choose a design which makes use of your desired sole-type. Of course, when you choose to customize a design you will be able to select the Goodyear-welted sole of your choice!
Continue reading to find out a bit more about our full range of Goodyear welted soles…
Plain Leather Goodyear Sole
The plain leather Goodyear welted sole is the most classic option available and an extremely popular choice with our customers. Suitable for any model of shoe or boot, the leather sole looks equally at home on a pair of double-monks or a Chelsea boot. The example shown above is on our gorgeous patina leather Kipling boot from our collection of Jodhpur boots.
Leather sole footwear has a fine aesthetic and will quickly mould to your natural walking-pattern. One of the greatest benefits of a natural leather sole is the breathability that it provides. A synthetic sole of any type causes the foot to sweat excessively, which in time will cause the inside of the footwear to rot.
For those with concerns about the level of grip provided by a leather sole, we highly recommend that you “scuff-in” the soles of your new footwear on a patch of dry ground. This process will provide the leather with a natural water-resistance and enhanced grip.
Our Goodyear welted leather soles can be finished in a range of colors from classic natural hues through to more flamboyant shades. Customize one of our footwear designs and choose the sole color of your choice!
Popular Goodyear Welted Leather Sole Footwear
Dainite Rubber Goodyear Sole
Whilst rubber soles come in all different guises, a Goodyear welted Dainite sole is the most desirable option available. The Dainite has a pleasing aesthetic and offers a durable alternative to the traditional leather sole.
With the feet on the ground, there is visually little difference between a leather sole and a Dainite sole. The rubber found in a Dainite sole is extremely hard-wearing and provides substantial insulation to the foot. This sole is a particularly popular choice for those who spend a lot of their time outdoors or in harsh environments.
Our customers choose the Dainite rubber sole for a huge variety of footwear designs. Whilst it remains a popular choice for rugged brogue boots, we have in fact used this sole on every model possible, including some fantastic Oxford shoes like the stunning ostrich Rosst design shown above!
Popular Dainite Rubber Sole Footwear
Leather & Rubber Combination Soles
If you love the aesthetic of leather but value the grip of rubber then our Goodyear Welted combination sole units are the perfect solution.
Maintaining the production values associated with Goodyear Welted soles we can now offer the perfect combination of appearance and functionality.
The stunning black alligator Winston Derby shoe shown above is part of our collection of genuine alligator shoes. This model is produced using our half-rubber combo sole. The front half of the sole has been covered with a layer of rubber which provides superior grip and insulation. The main advantage of the half-rubber sole is the ease of maintainence – the rubber section can be easily replaced by your local shoe-mender.
Rubber Buttons Sole
The second shoe shown above is an Alphonso patina leather brogue from our range of stylish brogue shoes. The Alphonso features our Goodyear leather sole with rubber button injections. The “buttons” create a suction effect when worn on wet ground, thus increasing the grip of this sole. Like all Goodyear welted soles, the rubber buttons sole can be replaced in it’s entirity.
Rubber Mountains Sole
Finally we have a leather sole with rubber “mountains” injections. This sole brings features normally found in a commando sole. The obvious benefits relate to enhanced grip on loose, unstable ground. The beauty of this sole is that whilst providing the grip of a commando sole, it still looks at home on a fine pair of Olivier python skin double monks from our wonderful range of genuine python shoes!
Popular Goodyear Welted Combination Sole Footwear
Vibram Rubber Wedge Sole
We are delighted to be able to offer Goodyear welted construction to our more casual footwear designs!
The Vibram rubber wedge sole is an ideal choice for those who want to design and purchase footwear which has a casual aesthetic.
Durable, lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear, the Vibram sole can be used across our full range of shoe and boot designs.
This sole has been made popular by the increasing popularity of the Moc Toe Boot however it can look amazing on other models including the Camo wholecut shoe shown above, from our collection of exquisite patina leather shoes.
Popular Vibram Rubber Wedge Sole Footwear
Special Fiddle Waist Sole
The fiddle waist Goodyear welted sole really is a special thing. So special in fact that we have a dedicated blog post which explores it in more detail.
In summary this sole has a narrow, bevelled waist and comes with metal “toe-taps”.
This stunning sole unit requires a lot of extra work and is subject to a surcharge. It definitely adds to the overall aesthetic of a shoe, as seen on the beautiful Bill patina Derby shown above.
Read more about the fiddle-waist sole here and remember that it can be added or removed from any of our shoe and boot designs.