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Thinner than smooth calfskin, this material is also distinguished by its lustre achieved as the result of various tanning operations that involve rubbing and heating the skin which has already undergone colouring finishes. Glazed from the start, as its name suggests, this leather doesn’t need polishing and considerably simplifies maintaining the shoes. In short it is naturally shiny.
The Goodyear welt is a procedure that involves sewing a welt – a strip of leather, rubber or plastic – onto a shoe to link the different parts (the upper, the insole and the outsole), thus reinforcing it while maintaining flexibility. This method owes its name to Charles Goodwin Jr who industrialised the technique in the 19th century. But while his father, inventor of the rubber vulcanisation technique, clearly inspired the famous tyre manufacturer when naming his company, neither party is otherwise related.