Wednesday, February 7, 2007

What are "lasted" shoes

Shoes that are "lasted" are made on a form, either old wooded ones or more modern solid plastic. I'll someday get some photos of the process up, but lasted shoes are actually made from the inside out. The insole is attached to the last, the vamp (or outer part of the shoe) is then glued to the insole, starting with the lining. After the lining is in place other components are then attached, like a heel cap and toe cap. The Vamp is then stretched and glued to the insole. This is all done while the last is upside-down and attached to a last jack so you have leverage. Lastly you glue and trim your sole.


An Aussie Felter said...

Hi Una,
Found this site on Icelandic fleece and thought of you. Might be worth a try if it could save you on labour time and sounds like it would suit shoes as well as hats!
Have also sent a pm from the fibre forum but it's stuck in my outbox for some reason. So apologies if you recieve this twice.
Tiffane (forget me not)

An Aussie Felter said...

I guess it helps if I give you the address.......