Yes, but also because it was/is considered closer to the natural inclination of a healthy foot. Quite a few of the West End designed lasts of the 1930's had this "twist."
I have a last model from that time period and have made myself and my wife shoes on it. It is "classically" styled and maybe to some eyes a little old fashioned. It also feel weird when you first wear it. But after a day or so you don't even notice.
Note the way that the heel base is higher on the medial side than the lateral. Not all that common anymore.
Originally Posted by DWFII
Quite a few of the West End designed lasts of the 1930's had this "twist."
A classic “twisted” last would have the heel raised on the medial (inner) side while the ball is raised on the lateral (outer) side. It is the same principle as contrapposto (counterpose) in classic art, where hips and legs are turned one way but the torso turns in the other direction, giving the figure more dynamic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrapposto
The last would not rest squarely on the table/bench, but rest on just the outer point of the heel and the inner point of the ball. “Twist” in a last is one of those things which has its faithful adherents and virulent detractors.
I believe, the late George Cleverley was one of its adherents and to this day, the lasts of the firm still follow these principles.