I scanned these pics from the past LAST magazine, and took the liberty of translating them.Atsuta Koji
A graduate from the Tresham Institute (UK) > worked at Frank Harvey (UK) making custom shoes > hired by Kawamura Prosthetic (Japan) as the chief designer of orthopaedic shoes > most recently worked at Stephano Bemer chiefly as a modelista; before starting his own Bespoke practice in Osaka.
Last making process:
Lasts are made completely from scratch, not from a base last or a rough turned stock. Instead, resin casts are made from plaster molds of the client's feet, and shaped accordingly.
Making of a plaster mold
The completed mold. Resin are poured into this.
Perfect foot imprints in cast foam resin.
The cast imprints are shaped, based on his medical/orthopedic knowledge and an aesthetic sense honed at Bemer's workshop
Custom orthopedic insoles are made for those who require.
The left one with a deep instep was shaped to accommodate an insole. The right one doesn't. The space between the ball is relatively flat.
Check shoes in plastic resin are made by applying/pasting the resin over the last.
(right) The completed last
(center) The check-shoes with insoles and mock heels. 1st test fitting.
(left): Test shoes. The counters are already in. After the final fitting, the shoes are relasted and finished.
The completed pair, and the last made with foam resin.
His only sample shoe adorn the window.
Those living in Osaka are in luck.
Pictures/text taken from LAST Issue 03.