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!…
It is nice to remember warmer times at this, the coldest and bleakest time of the year in New England! Here are some photos from last year’s show in Holyoke at the Paper City Studios gallery.
I am late for work, Jesse Moore
Heartbroke Lovestruck, Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse
I will take the exam to become a Certified Pedorthist in a couple of months, after I finish accruing the thousand hours of practicum work required. This has taken me a while–it’s been difficult to manage my custom shoe workload along with adding in the hours of shadowing two talented and giving certified pedorthists in the area. Somehow along the way I found the time to turn a pair of custom molded orthotics into a pair of sandals. I wore them around this summer A LOT.
Below are the materials I used for the orthotics, fresh out of the vaccuum forming machine.…
What is involved in making a pair of handmade welted shoes? Here is a photo of the hand-stitched seam binding a leather strip (the welt) to the insole through the leather “uppers”. A curved awl is used to punch the holes through this thick leather. The seam is sewn with one continuous waxed thread. Sewing in this way uses some strange inner shoulder muscles, as the pulls to get the seam nice and tight require a lot of strength.
This next photo shows the welt sticking out from under the bottom of the shoe, ready to have the sole attached and then sewn together.…