Shoe lasts

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog

Ever since I wrote about the process for making plaster casts of an individual’s feet, I’ve gotten emails from people asking whether I would cast their feet when I make shoes. For the vast majority of my shoes and boots, I use vintage shoe lasts that are then custom fit to the individual. A “last” is a wooden or plastic mold that fits the foot and has the shape of a shoe. The shoes are built around this last, or mold.

I have collected a series of last “runs” over the years, and certainly have my favorites. The older the better!…