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Asymmetric last?

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Can one of the resident shoe experts please explain what an 'asymetric last' means when it comes to shoe making? My C&J handgrades are said to be built on one. Thanks.
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All modern shoes are made on asymmetrical lasts: i.e. the lasts for left and right foot differ. Until the middle of the 1800s lasts for both feet were identical, as most shoes were either of the soft ballet slipper type, or sturdy boots for men. The lasts (if used, many shoes were turned like slippers) were symmetrical. As to fit left and right foot, the shape was identical for the inside and outside area of the shoe. I believe a number of ethnic shoes are still symmetrical, like Dutch clogs are carved as identical shoes. Symmetrical last: http://www.markellshoe.com/tarsoCorrective.html
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