The Goodyear welt shoe construction technique was invented was by Charles Goodyear Jr., son of The Mr. Goodyear of vulcanized rubber fame.
Goodyear’s technique gives the shoes an integrity most others attempt to emulate. The chosen technique of many high-end shoes, they are generally regarded as providing the best comfort and durability. This, partnered with their ease in terms of reparation, make them a very attractive option for men in the market for serious dress shoes.
The welt/sole connection makes the shoe relatively waterproof since water simply cannot get through to the insole. With attention, care and general upkeep of their leather uppers, a pair of Goodyear welted shoes can truly last twenty to thirty years since the soles are so easily replaced. Also, the cork filling is widely known to create a great mold for your foot, becoming a custom made foot-bed after a decent amount of wear.
The English shoe market typically employs the Goodyear welt construction, giving their bespoke tailors the incredible reputation they have earned over the years.