Originally Posted by WorldWideWafflz
To add to your confusion, because of the aforementioned popularity of the Goodyear construction, the name Goodyear has become a generalized name for all welted shoes which I mentioned before. Because of this, now there are manufacturers who refer to hand welting as "handmade Goodyear" or the like. This is to lean on the popularity and pervasiveness of Goodyear among quality shoe manufacturers who--as Goodyear is the best way to mass-produce quality shoes
, but not the best way to produce shoes outright--use the name as a mark of quality and have done ever since the process was invented.
In short, Goodyear is now a byword or genericized trademark for all welted construction even though there is a fundamental construction difference between Goodyear welt and a traditional welted shoe.
It could be argued that Goodyear is not
the best way to mass produce quality shoes. Blake or Blake-Rapid is a far better method if good quality insoles are used. GY is just the cheapest...barring pure cement construction....and even though cheap isn't always passed on to the customer, it will still always be
But the biggest reason GY is preferred over Blake is that it masquerades as HW.
The other point that needs to be made is that "handsewn GY" is a bastard term. It is not
correct.. nor meaningful, no matter how one twists it around. It is misleading and it muddies any understanding of the way shoes are made and what objective quality really is. It's like touting a shoe as "faux leather." Those who use the term pander to the lowest common denominator. And often...as you implied...have an ulterior motive that, in one way or another, involves deliberately deceiving the customer.