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A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

I had a last which I plan to use for my RTW collection – you can see it in the front on the first picture. I made several modification on it over the years, but I always found something more to improve. I decided to come up with a new last – not only a change on the old RTW 224, but a new shape. I did not even started building up or shaping the old one – I just took a piece of special foam (I have no idea about its name), and get a rasp, sandpaper and work!

It took only a few minutes – as it is a very soft material – to see the first lines. I did not document the process, that is almost impossible on my own – not just dirty and dusty, but when I create, I just do anything else. I believe I am not the only one.

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Looks pretty sexy from the front, hmm? I guess I make the test fit in my size.. 😉

ImageThis is important – toe spring. There must be some, but I don’t like the huge ones.

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Front view – I absolutely want those two little edges. Maybe I am going to exaggerate it even more – it is just not easy with this foam.

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This doesn’t seem like the usual lasts. Intentionally wider a bit. I believe it will result a better shoe in terms of comfort and longer topline. We will see.

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Can you spot the differences? It is not easy from the photo, don’t blame yourself if you don’t. Beside it is longer with a 4-5 millimeter (I believe I make it even longer, before it gets to production). There is an other one, but it is just a tiny (but important) design issue.

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Here is the result – I still need to add a few details, turn it to a harder material and finally get it made, but this going to be the shape of my new shoe.

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