Oh, many of them absolutely say that it is the best. Others just imply it in a politician's way of leading you towards a certain set of beliefs. Alden: http://aldenshoe.com/DrawOnePage.aspx?PageID=6 "The Goodyear-welt construction is far superior to any other shoemaking method..." Allen Edmonds: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/AboutAECraftsmanship?catalogId=40000000001&langId=-1&storeId=1 "...the durability of a Goodyear-welted shoe is unmatched..." Crockett and Jones: http://www.crockettandjones.com/heritage they imply that it is better by saying that the company moved forward from hand-welting to "the superior construction process that we use today, called Goodyear-welted." Tricker's: http://www.trickers.com/art_shoe_make.htm "Tricker's Goodyear-welted shoes have been made in the same traditional way since 1829." Impossible, since Goodyear-welting wasn't invented until several decades later (but this implies unchanged quality). This one is also interesting, since Tricker's even offers a hand-welted shoe. Grenson: http://www.grenson.co.uk/en_us/how-we-make-our-shoes "All our shoes are Goodyear-welted....the product lasts longer than any other type of shoes." Red Wing: http://blog.redwingheritage.com/2012/08/02/goodyear-welt/ "Even today, well over 100 years later, it's still the sturdiest and most reliable way to finish a shoe or boot." Both Edward Green and Gaziano and Girling market their shoes as "the finest", which implies the best quality through and through (at least in my opinion, but this one is debatable I suppose). I don't have time to go through every maker out there, but I think the impression that Goodyear-welting is the best is nearly universally implied if not explicitly stated.