Antonio details a machine method for achieving much the same connection / result as handwelted work. A stripped doown insole looks a lot like some variation of a HW insole / shoe with an inside channel and a feather. As a whole, I thought it was very interesting although there are some limitation to such machine work that also limit what can be done in the end. For instance, a fixed stroke length makes narrow toes near impossible without terminally damaging the holdfast. And of course the thread and esp. the wax will differ significantly fro what is used in HW work...and not for the better or even as a near substitute.
But having said that, it is certainly a large, long step beyond GY and even BR.
Antonio says he is calling it "Classic Goodyear or Machine Welted" and while the first is simply false, the second is a bit misleading even if true. I was asked, by a person who represents him, what I would call it...I would call it "Argentum Construction"--it distinguishes it from GY, if nothing else and certainly the naming should go to the person who develops the technique.
Of course, the "proof is in the pudding" as who should say but at first blush, Antonio may...just may...have achieved some sort of "milestone" in developing a process that embodies a measure of both authentic quality and mass manufacturing economy of production.
edited for punctuation and clarity
Edited by DWFII - 7/27/16 at 4:23pm