Industrial machinery started being developed as a result of mechanisation of traditional manual shoemaking processes. More than 100 steps are required to finish a shoe, so each machine is conceived for a very specific, highly specialised task. Shoemaking is such a complex process whereby different types of machines are used depending on the model to be produced. Inca and the Raiguer region are known for the production of high-quality, traditional Goodyear welted shoes. These extremely comfortable, highly resilient shoes feature a double stitch through the insole to the welt as well as a second outer stitch through the welt to the sole.
The machine collection displayed at the Museum illustrates the most important steps of the laborious industrial Goodyear shoemaking process: design and form, modelling and cutting, stitching, assembling, finishing and boxing.