I read in an archive that in London the workers were more specialized than that and that certain shops were famed for particular work. Many of the old firms were originally known as bootmakers because boots were the footwear of the day ,with shoes becoming more popular later. Womens work was also often made from kidskin and baby calf as well as fabrics I would be very interested to see a John Lobb attempt at a western style cowboy boot. Have you found high end shoemaking easy, does it involve more or less time or skill, can we see some sample pics of shoes please. I am too tired to dig this out for you and I really don't feel like self-promoting in this thread. But search for posts with my name as originator--you may find several. Nothing is easy...my first pairs of shoes were abominations despite the technical aspects of them. My first pair of boots were crude in every way possible. After nearly 40 years in this Trade, I'm still learning...the day I stop learning I'll just reach out and pull the sod the rest of the way over.