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Shoe construction methods

There are three basic methods of shoe construction: cementing, blake welting, and goodyear welting.  alain dada use both, Blake and Original Goodyear production methods. We use cementing for our sneakers. Each of them has its advantages, and defines how the sole is attached to the upper. Goodyear welting is the oldest, most labor intensive, and most durable of the three methods of construction.

The art of Goodyear Welt manufacturing

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For more than 300 years, the Goodyear Welting process has been associated with excellence and superior workmanship. More than 60 craftsmen are involved in the process of manufacturing one of our Goodyear shoes, and they use between 25 and 50 different elements and pieces. All this involves a process with more than 120 handcrafted phases, from beginning to end.

 

The art of Blake Stiched manufacturing

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On a Blake stitched shoe, the upper is sewn directly to the sole from the inside of the shoe. Although not as water resistant, a Blake stitch offers more flexibility to the shoe itself. Because it is a simpler construction than a goodyear welt, it tends to be less expensive.