Before I learned shoemaking, I knew I wanted to practice with a pair of bespoke lasts (i.e. lasts made per my measurements). My primary concern was the health of my feet and body (and yes, wearing improper shoes affect other areas of your body). I also wanted to enjoy what I was making and construct … Continue reading How to Order Bespoke Lasts
For me, a shoemaker is someone who can construct a pair of shoes from scratch. This means that given a wooden last, a shoemaker can properly construct a pattern, sew the uppers, last the shoe, and build the bottom. Some may argue that truly excellent shoemakers make lasts themselves, which requires an additional set of … Continue reading What Makes a Shoemaker?