Cork filler and Soles..

Cork filler and Soles..

The next step at this point was to add the Cork filler to the space which was left just above the shank and below underneath the toe area. If left, the space would be very feel-able when worn. I left it to dry while Heidi showed me how to create a sole pattern, which in turn was cut out of the sole material that has grip underneath. The sole was then sanded and checked, and sanded and checked until the edges were matching to what we wanted. Because of the heel that would be added to the shoe, the sole was not the length of the hole and ended just after the heel begins avoiding unnecessary thickness. But in order for it to be a smooth transition, the sole was kind of ‘skived’ in a way to a gradual, thinning slope. Now it was time to glue the soles on. After two coats of glue, the soles were heated and pressed in position onto the bottom of the shoes. For a closer fit, the shoe was placed into the sole press, which brings the sole up close and tight to the shoe.

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