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What is the difference between Goodyear Welted and Flex Goodyear Welted construction?Updated 8 months ago

The main difference between Goodyear welted and Flex Goodyear welted shoes lies in the comfort of the shoes.

Goodyear Welted:

  • Traditional Construction: In Goodyear welted shoes, the upper is stitched to a welt, and the welt is then stitched to both the insole and the outsole. 
  • Durability and Structure: Goodyear welted shoes are known for their durability and the ability to be resoled multiple times. The construction provides a stable and structured feel to the shoe. 
  • Initial Stiffness: The sole of Goodyear welted shoes may be initially stiff, requiring some time to break in for increased flexibility and comfort. 

Flex Goodyear Welted: 

  • Enhanced Flexibility: Flex Goodyear welted shoes are designed with a more flexible sole from the outset.
  • Comfort: The intention is to provide a softer and more comfortable feel right from the start, reducing the break-in period often associated with traditional Goodyear welted shoes. 
  • Retains Goodyear Construction Benefits: While offering increased flexibility, Flex Goodyear welted shoes still maintain the durability and resoling advantages of the traditional Goodyear welt. 

In summary, Flex Goodyear welted shoes prioritize a more immediate comfort and flexibility, making them more comfortable out of the box compared to the potentially stiffer feel of traditional Goodyear welted shoes. The choice between the two often comes down to personal preference and the level of initial comfort and flexibility desired.

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