A question primarily for experts like DWFII. The Australian label Feit, claims to have a 'hand-sewn' goodwear welt construction and handsewn stitchdown construction. http://www.feitdirect.com/shop/categories/Materials-and-Construction/ HANDSEWN GOODYEAR WELT A welt refers to a piece of leather which is hand stitched to the upper of a shoe as an attach point for the sole. This process was pioneered by the Goodyear family and is the traditional method for manufacturing men’s dress shoes. The upper of the shoe is stretched over the last and stitched to a leather strip known as a welt. The Vibram sole is then stitched to this welt. This is a labour intensive process performed by expert craftspeople and allows for constant air flow through the shoe aiding ventilation, durability and strength. HANDSEWN STITCHDOWN In the stitchdown process, the upper is stretched over the last, flanged out and sewn by hand to the sole. this hand sewn lock stitch is made up of a top and a bottom stitch which are then interstitched. Therefore the stitching will not unravel, even if a stitch is removed. Shoes with stitchdown construction can use leathers of a higher oil and fat content. This leads to a very supple feel, which cheaper imitations of this process can not achieve. I am wondering if it's really still a goodyear welt since the welt is handsewn without the goodyear welting machine? Also is the stitchdown really just a Blake construction shoe in another name? Cheers for taking the time to answer these trivialities.