Today’s work

I had hoped to start cutting leather today but instead I completed all of the pattern pieces and fit the last.


About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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2 Responses to Today’s work

  1. georgiabrickoven says:

    Hi Lisa. The design on these boots is one of your best ones yet! Can’t wait to see the leather color choices. A question about the lasts – what “goop” do you use to get the custom fit and are the lasts used again for someone else’s boots of a similar size. Or do you use new lasts for each pair?

    • customboots says:

      Thank you!

      I do the primary part of building up a last with leather–it’s easier to control exactly how much I’m adding and keep the last contours. Once I’m close to where I need to be I sometimes use body filler with fiberglass particles to get the exact dimensions I need, and I always use it to change a toe shape.

      I fit a new last for each client and put their name on it. I don’t reuse a last once it’s been fitted for a client.

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