Attaching the back piece to the last..

Attaching the back piece to the last..

After skiving and placing the heel stiffeners, I was able to actually shape and last them onto the insole and last, which would essentially allow them to dry into the correct shape. To do this, I tacked the insole onto the last and correctly positioned the back piece. Some tacks were also added in various places such as where the ankle strap was sitting to ensure that the piece wouldn’t move out of place during the lasting process. After lining the seams up (which was important because they would be very visible in the end product), the leather was tacked on in pleats, all the while making sure that the leather was sitting close to the last and in the correct shape, before being hammered.

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