Question about weston lasts...

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  1. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In an earlier thread, Rider mentioned that JM Weston's most frequently used lasts for the American market were the 11, 12, and 18 lasts; that the 180 signature loafer was made on the 41 last, and that the Hunt shoe was made on the 32 last. So, what are the other lasts that Weston uses, what are their characteristics, and how do I tell what last a particular shoe is made on?

    For example, my 598 demi-chasse bluchers have the following interior markings:

    598-22
    9 1/2 D
    908385-19

    I figure that the last number is either 22 or 19 and that the 908385 is a serial number or something like that. My 637 demi-chasse bluchers are a bit harder to figure out:

    327396-8
    HO-162-637-10
    9/ D

    Anybody have any insight?

    And for T4phage or anyone else who might know, what degree of latitude does Weston allow for special orders? What details can you specify? Could I, for example, request that a particular shoe be made on a different last, a la Edward Green?
     
  2. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    For Weston special orders, you can change the leathers, the sole, various widths, and I think you can also change the lasts although I have not tried that. Imagine using the Perry lasts with a richelieu, say the swing cap (ref. 666). That would be nice.

    As for the last numbering, I would not have a clue..
     
  3. TimelessRider

    TimelessRider Senior member

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    Funny you bring up those cryptic numbers, because I've been trying to decipher them myself without actually talking to someone from Weston. I've accumulated numbers from 5 different shoes and even with RIDER's and your information I can't make any sense of them except for the style number and size.

    I was told at the NYC store that this is not an option, but I didn't really question further since I wasn't particulary interested in doing this.
     
  4. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    can't tell about all the lining numbers, but -
    style #598/ 22 last/ code usually has to do with date of manufacture and leather. Nothing jumps out on the 598, but the Perry is HO last/162 is for tan calf/and 637 is style # as you know.
     
  5. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks.

    Do you know anything about the characteristics of Weston's other common lasts?
     

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