The Goodyear welt method of shoe making was developed in Northampton towards the end of the 19th Century. Although an expensive and time consuming way to make shoes, the end result is always worth it. A strip of leather (the welt) is sewn to the upper and the insole. A separate row of stitching on the outside attaches the welt to the outer sole. This effectively seals the shoe so moisture can’t wick from the pavement to the upper. A space is left between the insole and the outer sole, this is filled with cork which insulates and moulds to the shape of the individual’s foot. The result is a sturdier, more comfortable and highly weather resistant shoe. A shoe that can be re-soled again and again and will last for years.