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.
Materials:black painted calf
Sole:caramel cup sole rubber sole
Like all of our shoes from Mr Bearfoot, these shoes are Goodyear welted. What does this mean? The technique means that the soles can be replaced time and time again and the shoes will last a lifetime. 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.
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, 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 machine. 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.