Wikipedia – Shoemaking

Ah yes. Search for it! Then check the end:

Yes. It was me, after plenty times of editing this article about my craft. Some … admin feels right to delete my link with a  7 minutes film which is pure shoemaking, and tells more about this craft than their poor description. I don’t understand why? INtellectual Property is not an issue – I made those films, I work on them. Business? Come on! Tim’s book (with all respect) is about selling those books, right?

Now it looks like this:

Crazy isn’t it? It happened when I was typing this post.

Now let’s see what you can learn from wikipedia about shoemaking:

“Current crafters may use used car tire tread as a cheap alternative to creating soles” – well, I would not call them crafters, and I wouldn’t mention it in a post, titled “shoemaking”

Furs wrapped around feet” – Hey guys! Was it the most relevant thing what you could collect from shoemaking? Really? Maybe you should have watch that video before you deleted it!


“Most shoemakers use a last—made traditionally of iron or wood” – no dear editors. WE DON’T USE IRON LASTS. Mistake.

“Some lasts are straight, while curved lasts come in pairs: one for left shoes, the other for right shoes” – wow! one for left and the other one…. guess…. for the right! Bravo! A real essay about shoemaking!

I gave up with wikipedia.

4 thoughts on “Wikipedia – Shoemaking

  1. Greetings Marcell,

    I wish, to refer to an article…in which you mentioned about

    “Most shoemakers use a last—made traditionally of iron or wood” – no dear editors. WE DON’T USE IRON LASTS. Mistake.Wikipedia.

    I know, I’m ‘putting my foot in my mouth’…as I really know nothing about shoemaking, especially as you are a ‘traditional shoemaker’.

    I think, there was a method…completely ‘tack-lasted’ . Believe, it may be classed as ‘Mc Kay’ in the 1930’s but just used machine (wood & steel-plated last). Maybe, the style…in years before used a solid iron last to clinch the nails or tacks. Only a guess..

    Thank you, for your wonderful site.

    Best wishes

  2. Talking about shoe/bootmakers..who do not work in a factory. Certainly, some of them must have made fully ‘tack-lasted’ shoes.

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