Originally Posted by DWFII
Shoe lasts cannot not be derived from shoes.
(I'm actually asking seriously) Is it not possible to reverse engineer a last from a closed shoe, as a tailor might do with say, a Huntsman or Caraceni coat?
Also, I wonder what intellectual property laws govern shoe lasts? Can someone actually be sued for using an identical last to a competitor? There is hardly any intellectual property protection of designs in apparel, after all, (see Inditex's quarterly earnings for evidence) so why should it be different for footwear?
In response to all the questions about 'so you got the last, what then,' let's imagine there exists a maker of some repute that's fallen on hard times. Florsheim, let's say. Or Cheaney. They come out with a new 'City' line of sleek lasts, patterns and finishing. People rave. The maker can now compete in a new category.