I think when comparing an ill-fitting hand-welted shoe to a bespoke-fit Goodyear-welted shoe, fit wins, but the line becomes blurred when you compare something that fits well, or even very well, but isn't bespoke, against a bespoke-fit Goodyear-welted shoe. At that point it comes down to your definition of comfort.
Where would you find such a logical absurdity? It's almost a contradiction in terms. The physical manifestation of oxymoron.
I don't know of many...if any...makers who don't, by default, handwelt a bespoke shoe even if, maybe especially if, they are more commonly known for their GY shoes.
Which tells you something, right there, about the manufacturers own acknowledged perceptions regarding what is quality and what is something well short.
Edited by DWFII - 2/1/14 at 10:59am