Sanding the heels to size.

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Sanding the heels to size.

The heel was made to sit properly inside the shoe, by checking the height. Then, the sides and inside were sanded neatly in order for the heel to be the correct size all the way around.

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Roughing up and glueing the bottom of the shoe

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Roughing up and glueing the bottom of the shoe

The bottom of the shoe was ‘roughed up’ as much as possible, exposing the more raw part of the leather, so that the glue would actually stick when applied. Two coats of glue were then put on and left to dry, ready for the soles to be heated and stuck on next week.

Soles

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Soles

Using the insole pattern, 2mm was added around it and the end of the heel ignored, so that patterns for the sole were made. In turn this was cut out of ‘swig export’ soling material and sanded to shape the bottom of the shoe. Heel side of the sole was then thinned out gradually using the sander, so that the transition of the sole and the heel is smooth. Two coats of glue (as shown in the photo) were applied, and next week it will be heated and stuck on.

Filling the gaps.. (filler)

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Filling the gaps.. (filler)

After the fitting, the underside of the shoe was sanded as flat as possible, getting rid of any excess leather and material. Then it was time to fill in the gap left in the middle of the shoe, between the two lasted sides of leather. Firstly a pattern was made by a piece of paper being pushed onto the area and a shape drawn, and then these shapes (they were different for the two boots) were traced onto and cut out of 2mm microcell. Afterwards they were glued on and the whole shoe sat in the sole press. Again the whole underside of the shoe was sanded as flat as possible, ready for the soles.