What’s in a Shoe?

This is a shoe that has been "closed" (sewn together) and is having a few days in a sauna (!) in order to make it ready for the lasting process, when it is stretched over the last and made to conform to the shape of the last.

This is a shoe that has been “closed” (sewn together) and is having a few days in a Turkish bath (!) in order to make it ready for the lasting process, when it is stretched over the last and made to conform to the shape of the last.

This set of pages covers most of the materials, techniques and skills involved in making a good shoe.

1) Anatomy of the Shoe

2) Tanning

3) Types of Leather used for Shoes

4) Goodyear Welted Shoe Construction

5) Cemented Shoe Construction

6) Shoe Design

7) Lasts

Lasts@Loake!

Lasts@Loake!

Preliminary designer's sketch for a Loake shoe

Preliminary designer’s sketch for a shoe