After any excess glue was removed with crepe, finally they were complete! (mind the dodgy photo!). The boots turned out to probably be my favourite (a long side the wedges) of the shoes I made, and it is a nice feeling to have completed them.. If only it was winter coming though..
It was noted that the fake buckle was moving around a lot, so hand stitching was done to reduce this. The heel of the boot can also be seem in this photo..
Next, socks for inside the boots were made using an adjusted insole pattern. The leather chosen was the same as the upper. In turn, these were glued and pressed inside the boots.
Using a special weighted nailing tool, nails were also pressed in into the insole, as shown in the photo. This was somewhat hard to do without the nails bending..
Next, I applied two coats of glue to the heels and underside of the shoe and stuck them together as accurately as possible. After being put in the sole press, a number of nails using a nail gun were nailed into the heel, as shown in the photo. Essentially, this strengthens the the heel and makes sure it stays attached.
Next I dyed the heels with two coats of brown dye and left them to dry before also applying sealant to keep the colour in tact. After the dye and sealant were totally dry, the sides of the heel were buffed on the machine for shininess. Their tops were also slightly ruffed up so that glue would stick to them.
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.