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Published on Feb 22, 2011
The fit of a shoe depends on the design, shape and volume of the shoe last. The shoe last must represent the anatomical information of the foot, at the same time giving the finished shoe a pleasing and fashionable appearance. Multiple styles of shoes can be made on the same shoe last, but the toe shape and heel height will be the same for each pair made. In order to have shoes with different toe shapes or heel heights it is necessary to create a pair of shoe lasts for each shoe type. Traditionally, lasts were made from a number of materials - typically hardwoods and cast iron. Here is a look into the process of making a last using the new technology and recycled materials.