Pardon me for flogging a dead horse But I don't think so...
What I'm saying is that if they were machine lasted, the problem had to be in the clicking--where on the hide the vamps were cut. And a disparity there.
And if they were hand lasted, the odds that the vamps were both cut from prime...and matched...is still extremely low.
Understand that when the vamps came from the clicker there was no visual difference. If one was cut from belly or shoulder it would not have been immediately noticed (although the clicker should have known). And when they came from the closer, there would still have been no apparent difference.
It is only in the lasting that the problem would have arisen--and really...to this degree...only if the vamps were not matched.
Lasting is a much more intimate process than clicking or cutting because it is only here that the effects of the clicker's work and the closer's work is proofed. Just drawing the shoe over the last such that the faux toe caps were aligned could be enough stress to flatten the embossing...but only if the vamps were cut such that they had different tempers and different lines of tight and stretch.
If nothing else, there is a minimum amount of stretching that is required...both length and width-wise. The bottom man couldn't pull one tight and then leave the other loose on the forepart of the last. And again, he had to pull the shoe enough to align the toes lengthwise. He had no choice.
IMO, only if the vamps were cut from different parts of the hide could this have become such a poke-in-the-eye problem.
There is almost no conceivable scenario that escapes the probability of mis-matched vamps during clicking.
Edited by DWFII - 2/19/15 at 5:13am