Originally Posted by GBer
How does it work with the bespoke Springline lasts after Cliff has made the shoes? He makes them into trees?
If you want another pair, do you need to get Springline to make you another pair? Does Springline keep your records on file (or pc)? Or do you need to visit them again?
To make a bespoke pair of shoe trees, Springline will need the last and the finished shoes. They turn a copy of the last, cut away excess wood, then they will fit the tree into the shoes by rasping material away. A good fitting bespoke shoe tree, fits like the original last, but is just a smidgeon smaller, so the trees can be easily inserted into the shoes (You probably will need a mallet to bang the last back into the shoe).
Numerous pairs of shoes can be made from the same last, equally that last can be altered for a different toe shape, different fit or for a certain type of shoe. (Only if you want a significant change in the heel height, you might need a different last altogether.) If you have worn the shoes for a while, you might ask for some alterations to the last before you commission the next pair, things like "a bit more room above the toes" or "snugger on the heel". Either Cliff or Springline would carry out those alterations, by either adding an additional layer of leather to give you more room, or by rasping down some wood to make things tighter.
Some firms prefer a different last for lace-ups and loafers.