What is a Shoe Last ?



" Shoe Last "

The solid form around which a shoe is molded...

The fit of a shoe depends on the design, shape and volume of the Shoe Last.

The " shoe last " must represent the anatomical information of the foot, at the same time giving the finished shoe a pleasing and fashionable appearance.


Chart showing the main parts of a " Shoe Last "


Each "shoe last " is designed for a particular heel height and toe shape.

Many styles of shoes can be made on the same shoe last , but the toe shape and heel height will be the same for each pair made on that shoe last.


3 Different Shoes
Made on the same " Shoe Last "


If you want to have shoes with different toe shapes, then it is necessary to create more than one pair of shoe lasts.

A proper fitting pair of shoe lasts is a solid investment, and the first step towards getting proper fitting footwear.


Conventional Shoe Last Archive

Each Shoe Last is designed for a different
Heel Height and Toe Shape

Top Left = Western Boot
Bottom Right = Flat Moccasin

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