Monthly Archives: July 2013

Paige

My lovely daughter Paige makes ladies shoes and she just completed a pair of shoes for herself.

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Monday YouTube video Every Monday I create a 2-4 minute video about a machine, a technique, or a boot I’m making. 

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Ready for the heel

I’ve put the sole on the boots and am ready to start building the heel. The heel is built from the same heavy leather as the sole–one layer at a time until the correct heel height is achieved.

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Lasted boots

The boots have been lasted and I’ve also put in the toe box, the hardened area around the toe that gives the toe its shape.

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Lasted boots

These boots have just been stretched around the last. Lasting is done with the leather wet, and here the foot leather looks dark because it’s still wet.

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Ready to put on the last

After the side seams are stitched the boots are ready to be put on the last. The last is the wooden or plastic form around which the leather is stretched to give it a foot/boot shape.

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Sewing the side seams

After the boot tops are completed I sew the foot part (called the vamp) onto the boot fronts and the heel part (called the counter) onto the boot back. Then I’m ready to sew the side seams. The sideseams are … Continue reading

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