Me want a cookie
My take is that I plan to buy only hand welted shoes after the gemming in my GYW shoes slips. Maybe that will happen tomorrow. Maybe that will happen 15 years from now. Who knows
Justin, having read other threads on shoemaking, I don't believe the intention is to justify only handwelting. I think the argument is that handwelting or even Goodyear welting using a carved channel to the insole as the feather for stitching the welt make for a stronger connection between the insole and the welt compared to Goodyear welting using a canvass feather glued to the insole.
I suppose it is an education process for me to learn the different methods of construction and isn't that what SF is all about, to share and gain information which influence the choice of shoes. Each construction method has a place in the vast market of mens shoes.