Shoemaking Techniques to Change The Shape of Your Shoe Last

You purchased a shoe last,
but you don’t like the shape of this last,the
last is too long, or maybe you have wide feet and your
shoe last is very narrow. So what you can do:
in bespoke shoemaking, they’re different shoemaking techniques
on how you can fix all these problems. So let’s watch the video where I will
show you these shoemaking approaches. Don’t forget to subscribe and comment
below the video. Even in bespoke shoemaking is very
important to have very comfortable shoes and that’s why shoemakers customized
shoe lasts according to the feet measurements.
Now, if you have narrow shoe last or you have
shoe lasts that don’t fit your feet perfectly,
you can customize your standard shoe last according to your feet measurements
working with vegetable tan leather. And here you can see an example on how I
used this shoe last and customize it according to the feet measurements of my
client. And you see the difference between these
two lasts. And now let’s see how you can use this
shoemaking approaches to change the shape of your last.
And using the first shoemaking approach you can make your shoe last shorter,
if you have too long shoe last and you don’t like it.
So to change the shape your last you need to measure the length of your last,
then make a pattern of the insole (the pattern of the bottom of your shoe
last), mark on this pattern the new line,
the line that you want to create on your shoe lasts.
And then work according to this new line working with rasp you can change it on
both pairs of your last to get beautiful shape, the shape that you want to create on
your shoe last. Next shoemaking approach is more
complicated. Here working with this approach,
you can customize your shoe last. To do that,
you need to measure your feet to take measurements of your shoe last in the
same places. And then compare these parameters to
know how and where you need to enlarge your shoe last or maybe to reduce your
shoe last. And if you want to enlarge your shoe
last here, you can work with vegetable tanned
leather. You need to attach pieces of vegetable
tanned leather on the shoe last in the places where you want to enlarge it.
And then step by step, you will change the shape of your shoe
last according to the parameters of your feet.
In the next shoemaking approach, we are working with epoxy clay.
This is soft material that becomes hard after it become dry.
So you, working with this material,
can create almost any shape on the toe of your shoe last working with rasp
after it’ll dry. And the best thing about it,
is that you can return your shoe last to the original shape, if you don’t like it anymore.
In the next shoemaking approach, you will work with vegetable tanned
leather to create different toe shapes on your shoe last .
Working with this material, you can create a pointed toe shape on
your shoe last. If working with epoxy clay,
you could just apply it to the toe shape of your shoe last ,
working with the leather you need to create patterns.
And this process is a little bit complicated than the previous one,
but your shaped shoe last will last longer.
That’s it. It was a brief introduction of these
shoemaking approaches. If you have questions,
please, comment below the video.
Thank you and see you in the next video. Bye.


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  • I've just ordered plastic sandal lasts. I have had broken toes and I can't handle anything with heels. I normally wear a size 9.5 EEEE in Men's because you can rarely find WW women's shoes here in the USA.

    So that's EU size 42/43 with a 11cm width.

    My shoe last I ordered a 43 men's sandal last (they didn't have half sizes) It is only medium width. They didn't specify cm's or inches. It hasn't arrived yet. My experience has been that sandals run wider than regular closed shoes, so I'm hoping this is going to be the case with the sandal last.

    I did find plastic putty made by JB Weld. I also have the cement and leather.

    I'm a beginner and I'm not sure which would actually be easier for me to build up. Which modification will survive pulling and tugging on the uppers when you pull it around the bottom of the last. I'll also be working with buckram and cloth as well as leather.

    Until I get to the point that I can create an accurate pattern and put the shoe together, I want to concentrate on cemented shoes, rather than hammering and sewing on leather soles. (I'm chicken! LOL! I tried a pair of moccasins once, without a shoe last, and never could get those things sewn up properly!)

    What would you advise?

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  • i was watching your videos for a while and some others shoe makesr as well but i can't find any video that shows how to make shoe last from scratch, i mean a custom one made to dimensions taken from a real person not a random standard one
    i was trying to make plaster mold out of the leg in question and then cast it in pu foam and to the point it works, but i can't figure out how to make it in the right shape. i mean i would presume standing on a 14cm heel would force the leg to that shape and make a casting of that leg fit the 14cm heel, but for some reason i only get castings that are wider and only about 2/3 of the heel hight (when i used 14cm heel i got foam "last" that would fit 10cm heel, and from 12cm heel one that would fit 8cm)
    don't get me wrong
    it was fun making those but i am confused why it doesn't work as i would want because i got a pair of kitten heels out hard foam lasts when i wanted to get something more of stiletos.
    i would really like to make my own last to make my own shoe to my own leg, because i am quite non standard person and there is no shoes i would like in my size and i like a chalenge

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