Interesting. Manton said Tony said handlasted, but this was back then. I wonder if things have changed,
Originally Posted by mktitsworth
I talked with Dean during the trunk show, and he said something to the effect of the only machine they use is for stitching.
Perhaps when they first started, the volume was manageable. But now, RTW shoes are machine lasted and machine welted. However, every single pair is hand finished. Here is the lasting machine, which I was told is about 80 years old. Here is one being lasted. This approach is as close to hand making as it gets since it replicates the exact same process of hand lasting and hand welting. Also note that Tony and Dean call their RTW bench-made, as distinct to hand-made. For those who care, this reflects an honest description of their production methods. They call it as it is unlike others who insist that a hand guiding a lasted upper through a Goodyear welting machine constitutes being "hand-made".