These shoes are handmade by Spanish artisans with over 156 years of shoemaking experience. Other premium companies sell their inferior shoes for hundreds of dollars more, but we have partnered with the actual small business artisanal shoemakers to make sure we cut out the middleman, the store markup, the importer, and the advertising budget so you get ultra-premium shoes for a fraction of the price. We have spent over 10 years creating the process and testing to make sure we bring you what might possibly be the best quality shoes you can buy. Our artisans also create shoes for some of the biggest fashion houses, and premium shoe companies in Europe, so you know that the product you are getting is beyond premium.
The Chelsea boot has been a classic for years. Original Goodyear welted and hand made by artisans, these boots are made from croco-printed crust calf and brown elastics.
The crust is hand painted and finished by our maestro colourist. It features the Nairobi Croc patina, which is applied by hand, using natural oils and dyes.
The pair also features a brown leather outsole and brown full-calf inner lining. In terms of construction, they are made using the Saville shoe last: a soft chisel toe and a long, elegant vamp.
This isn't throw away fast fashion, these are high-quality shoes that last forever and provide value for money. Worried about the environmental impact of disposable fashion? So are we. That's why these shoes are a return to high-quality, hand-made craftsmanship.
We highly value the quality of the products we offer, and therefore our Mr BearFoot shoe collection consists almost entirely of models with Goodyear welt construction. What this means for you is that you get shoes that can last a lifetime or more!
Many Goodyear welted shoes have lasted since the 1940s, as the soles can be replaced by any good cobbler or shoe repair store. While they may be more expensive than cheaper shoes, the soles are replaceable, meaning that in the long run, these shoes would outlast 10 or 20 pairs of cheaper shoes.
The major benefits of a Goodyear welt are:
• Money saving Durability—the shoes can be resoled almost countless times
• All weather usability due to water resistance-the multi-layered construction allows for much better water resistance
• Greater comfort—The Goodyear Welt shoe has a small gap between the insole and the outsole, which we fill with high-quality cork. These natural materials are lightweight, well-insulating, adapt to the shape of the foot and, most importantly, allow the foot to breathe. That’s why the longer you wear Goodyear welted shoes, the more comfortable they become.
Don't pay for expensive footwear that you will throw away in a year, buy a heritage item that will last a lifetime. Here we have, below, a bit of information on the Goodyear Welt.
Goodyear welting is the oldest, most labour-intensive, and most durable of the three methods of construction. It can be done by machine or by hand and involves multiple steps.
More than 60 craftsmen are involved in the process of manufacturing one of our Goodyear shoes, and they use between 25 and 50 different elements and pieces. All this involves a process with more than 120 handcrafted phases, from beginning to end.
Given the labour-intensive and artisan methods used, Goodyear Welted shoes from the most recognized brands around the world usually take up to eight weeks to produce. We offer a turnaround time of approximately 3-4 weeks.
Sign of superior quality
In 1872 Charles Goodyear invented the machine capable of stitching the welt to the insole, thus revolutionizing the quality of footwear worldwide. Due to its long-standing heritage, little-needed maintenance, waterproof durability and clean aesthetic, the Goodyear method is highly valued in the high-end shoe market.
The first part of the process is preparing the insole for stitching. This is done by creating a perpendicular “rib” that runs across the insole. Some shoemakers create the rib by cutting and sculpting the insole, while others will do so by using a supplementary material like linen tape.
The second step is to last the shoe. This is done by stretching the outsole over the last and attaching it, along with the insole, to the last.
Part three is the actual welting. At this point, the shoe-specific thread is sewn through the welt, the upper, and the insole rib. Through a separate stitch, the welt is attached to the outsole. For both of these stitching points, a lock stitch is used – meaning the chain won’t unravel if it breaks down at any particular point in the shoe.
The Pros – The two-level stitching makes it incredibly easy to resole a Goodyear welted shoe. Because the welt acts as a buffer between the insole and the outsole, removing the old sole and attaching a new one can be done by machine or by hand and without a specific device. The extra layers make the shoe more water-resistant and supportive.
The Cons– Because of the additional materials and labour required, a Goodyear-welted shoe is more expensive. The extra layers that provide more structure come at the cost of flexibility, so the shoes will require a longer “breaking-in” period to mould to the shape of your foot. Give it time, it will be worth it!