The Goodyear construction was conceived and patented in 1839 by Charles Goodyear, the genius who invented English shoes: the strip of leather running around the outside edge of the shoe, called welt, is stitched through and attached to the upper and the insole. Between the insole and outsole is placed a midsole, usually made of cork, which assumes an insulating and comfort function, as a sort of 'cushion' that adapts to the shape of the foot. The result is a shoe of great value and extreme comfort, at the same time ... practically indestructible.
The American Lyman Reed Blake invented this stitching method in 1856 right in the middle of the Industrial Revolution while he was trying to reduce time and cost of processing for a large-scale production. Gordon McKay, who became the official supplier of the US Army during the Civil War, has later perfected it. In summary, McKay processing method provides, by using a special machine, a single stitching with simple or double thread, which simultaneously combines upper, lining, insole and sole. This stitching process, recognizable from inside seam that runs through the insole, provides to the shoe greater flexibility and lightness.;
Cemented Construction: A shoe construction in which the upper of a shoe is cemented, rather than stitched, to the sole of the shoe. Cement construction results in a lighter, more flexible shoe.
BOX , our cupsoles are made in the traditional way. The upper is lasted to a soft insole, the cupsole is then secured by stitching around the top of the rim to the upper. This produces a comfortable, practical shoe with a more refined look.
DRIVE SHOES tubular: The processing is tubular and is made entirely by hand. The upper is pre-drilled to house the rubber pads, which rest on a thin rubber base still made today with the compound of the tire treads. One of the characteristics of Drive Shoe has been the perforation and stitching done by hand by the craftsman of the upper.