If those terms sound like they’re in a different language, check out the article I wrote on those topics to understand the various shoe construction methods.
That will bring you up to speed, and help you understand what you’re reading.
Especially when it comes to particular stitching.
What is a Bondwelt Shoe?
A bondwelt shoe is a style of footwear made using a mixture of cement and Goodyear Welted methods. The leather welt is stitched to the upper, but the seam between the welt and outsole is secured by cement, not stitches.
This is called a bondwelt, but you might also hear it referred to as a “faux-welt” or “fake welt.”
While you’ll see stitches, they’re either imprinted or are real, but superfluous.
Seeing is not believing in this case, as the stitches are only aesthetic features, not functional.
What are the Features of Bondwelt Shoes?
The primary feature of bondwelt footwear is that it is cheaper than more complex construction methods.
While many styles and materials flaunt their performance features first, with bond welted shoes, the primary thought was for cost savings.
That’s not to say that there aren’t any features Bondwelt shoes are more flexible and comfortable than their Goodyear counterparts.
Because they are not fixed to one another, the outsole and uppers are able to move more naturally with their users’ step and stride.
Are Bond Welt and Goodyear Welt the Same Thing?
No. Goodyear welt is a much more thorough and sturdy construction method than Bond welt.
The primary feature these two styles have in common is their appearance, but their performance, longevity, and suggested uses are drastically different.
Goodyear welts are affixed to the boot’s upper, and through the mid and outsole.