It's not Goodyear welted (I think) but it's good for its price and you'll be wearing it for a long time. I bought 8173s (Suede Irish Settlers) off of this guy (saintsdb9
) for 150+shipping. I think they're factory seconds (I didn't ask, but after two weeks I noticed a little break in the left instep). Not sure, but definitely better deal then $220-250 retail. Give him a pm.