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Nationality: Japan
Course: Shoe Making

Jun. 26, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Morita | Course: Shoemaking

CLOSED LACING shoe – Attaching process


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・We assemble the leather of the external and internal part, sewing them with the machine.
・Once the sewing is done, we perforate the leather for the shoelaces
(depending on the shoe type, the number of holes vary and can be adapted to each student’s preference. Let’s make sure that left side and right side holes are aligned).


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・Once we cut the insole, after actually having stepped on it, we dampen the leather with water to make it softer and more adaptable to the shoetree.
We fix the leather with a nail in 3 points: toe, central part and heel.
We cut out the leather in excess with a knife, being careful not to reduce it too much
(it doesn’t have to be smaller than the bottom of the shoetree).
・Let’s drive the nails only half of their length inside the leather. The nails have to be bended towards the outside and the leather has to adhere completely to the base.


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・Prof. Angelo explains how we can use a variety of materials and methods.
・When there’s some spare time before starting the next task, the teacher gives practical customized instructions to each student. For example, about the differences between insoles for men shoes and women shoes.


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・As for the shoe sample, we insert a core in the heel and start to last the shoe
(it’s fundamental to perform the lasting process always in the same way, regardless the different shoe design).
・We complete the lasting step by step, being sure to follow the design and fix the leather in the correct position.


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