New boots

Today I’m starting a new pair of boots and I get to work with this beautiful old 1950 Krentler Bros. 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 New boots

  1. Robert Murray says:


    I assume the numbers written next to your inches are mm. Do you actually flip the tape over at each point or come back and re measure with the metric side of the tape? Do you find yourself using more of the metric measurements when building up your lasts?



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    • customboots says:

      I do–I flip the tape over and measure twice. It does take a little longer but I like having another way to check my measurements. It’s easy to get distracted while measuring if you’re at a show or the client is asking questions.

      Actually, I only use the millimeters from the short heel and calf to make my top pattern. I’ve switched completely to millimeters for making my top patterns because it’s so much easier and more accurate. But I like knowing all of the measurements have been done twice just in case…

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