Shoe Construction

John Tweed is known for the quality of shoes we make and for our selling price. We set out to prove that quality doesn't have to be expensive. To achieve that, we partner directly with small, independent manufacturers who share our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

Every pair of John Tweed shoes are made from 100% leather, including both the upper and the lining. We always use leather soles on our classic shoes and opt for rubber soles on our boots and summer shoes.

All of our shoes feature a Blake Stitch Construction. This is a centuries old technique that is synonymous with Italian shoemaking. It involves wrapping the upper around the insole and then attaching it between both the insole and the outsole. A Langhorn sewing machine is used to stitch directly through all three parts. As this process only requires a single stitch and less layers than other construction methods such as Goodyear Welted, it results in a shoe that is sleeker, lightweight and offers more flexibility. It also means that it takes less time to break in a new pair of Blake stitched shoes. All of our shoes can be resoled multiple times once the outsole has become worn.

Take a look at how our shoes are made in our factory in Portugal in the video below.

John Tweed Tailored from John Tweed Tailored on Vimeo.