St. Crispins: How Lasted Shoe Trees Are Made

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  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Thought this was a really cool video.



    Reminds me why C&J lasted trees cost $100
     
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    This video has been posted multiple times throughout this forum but it never gets old :) Great music and great handicraft.
     


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    thanks!
     


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    Yes, they are lovely to look at. Respect is due to the artisans and their carving skills ofcourse. But hollowing out the trees as I see it, is wasting wood and serves no justifiable purpose. True, hollowing the trees out makes them feather-lite but seriously, if a solid shoe tree is too heavy to lift then so are the shoes and if the shoes are too heavy then slippers and bedrest is in order. :stirpot:
     
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    dddrees Senior member

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    Cool, thanks for posting.
     


  7. Dib

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    It's not really wasting wood though in the sense that you are not using up anymore wood than you would be if you left the trees unhollowed. Hollowed out trees have certain benefits (much lighter when travelling, allows more air to circulate inside the shoe while the tree is in etc), and so given no more wood is ultimately used as a result of the process i'm not sure what the problem is.
     


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    You raise an inarguable point. I sit corrected and thank you. :)
     
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    Hadn't seen this before. Thanks for the link.
     


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    NAMOR Senior member

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    yeah, you would think that in this day and age, they could be made quicker, easier, and more cost efficiently. yet its just another reminder of the work and effort that goes into high-end, luxury shoes. its a timeless craft
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    old transcoded video.

    C&J trees are NOT lasted and doesn't actually costs much less than $100 at all. They are made by industrial last-copying machines. Not hand measured/crafted like in the case of St Crispin. Only in non-industrialized countries/areas do these crafts survive.
     


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    chogall Senior member

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    Talk to Springline or J&V, they can copy your last or make your new lasts in an industrial manner. Or find someone with a last cloning machine.

    Just need to learn how to use a drill to make the hollowed trees.
     


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    thanks man. just find someone with a last cloning machine...
     


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