The term "goodyear welted" gets thrown around like it is God's dick, but really it is an inexpensive process and like Money said it is an arguably a poor substitute for hand welting. Handmade gets thrown in any time a person touches a shoe, which can be just to guide a machine really. The best machine made method for shoe construction is probably blake/rapid, not goodyear. It is sturdier and doesn't use glue to hold the welt to the insole. In-fact it doesn't even have a welt but an entire layer of leather. Some might say this method is better than hand welting, but some still prefer the romance and craft of hand-made goods. With this said, my Rider boots are blake/rapid and I love them, furthermore I have discontinued buying many shoes in favor of St. Crispins due to them being all handmade.