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Were it thinkable/feasible to cut the last and maintain the main body adding different toe designs?
I mean that’s doable yes . Or at least that’s what I do if I have a perfect fitting last and customer ask to have a different shape . But you need to copy the last and modify the toe shape of the copied last , so you end up by having two different and you don’t loose the first one.
In this case you can modify a last shape .

If the question is if the toe shape is “switchable” between different shape anytime you want then no , you can’t .
 

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Yes you need different lasts as they are a whole piece of wood / plastic so you can’t separate them .
Interesting. Each pair I’ve had made the last is cut in two parts at an angle so they can be removed when they’re finished. One maker let me unscrew the last and pull it using their last puller.
 

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I mean that’s doable yes . Or at least that’s what I do if I have a perfect fitting last and customer ask to have a different shape . But you need to copy the last and modify the toe shape of the copied last , so you end up by having two different and you don’t loose the first one.
In this case you can modify a last shape .

If the question is if the toe shape is “switchable” between different shape anytime you want then no , you can’t .
Thank you for your illuminating response!

Lasts for boots and loafers would have to be remeasured and made separately due to their different fitting nature right?
 
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Thank you for your illuminating response!

Lasts for boots and loafers would have to be remeasured and made separately due to their different fitting nature right?
Your welcome !

Yes , you need different lasts for lace up / loafers and or boot . Some lastmakers prefer to build the boot on a lace up lasts but adding leather pieces to the last to make it “broader” ; but honestly I do prefer having separate last . You don’t really need to get re - measured but you definitely need to let the shoemaker know if you plan to have any boot made when taking measurements so he / she / they can eventually take calf and height measurements.
 
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Interesting. Each pair I’ve had made the last is cut in two parts at an angle so they can be removed when they’re finished. One maker let me unscrew the last and pull it using their last puller.
Yes that correct . Every lasts need to have either a “cone” ( to be removed with scru) or a sort of hinge to remove it when the shoes is done .
I was referring to the fact you can switch from toe shape to another by just replacing the toe of the last !

Ps your shoemaker was really brave to let you pull last out from your shoes or you ah e been really good doing it as that part can be really tricky and we do struggle a lot sometime 😂.
 

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Were it thinkable/feasible to cut the last and maintain the main body adding different toe designs?
when You get the full shoe maker bespoke service you settle on a a toe shape/design and then the last is done entirely mirroring your foot plus whatever space is needed to accommodate for swelling throughout a the day of wear. The toe designs/ shapes are implemented/carved into the shape of your bespoke last but it would have to be a new build of your last with different toe design. Toe designs are thou overrated: you don’t have to have them all … much more important is the last.

May be some crafty Italian shoe maker does something with interchangeable toe shape designs but I doubt it
 

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Delivery time. Went with friend to his pair’s delivery by Athanase Sephocle, winner of the 2023 shoemaking competition. Who said one shouldn’t have purple shoes for first bespoke?

 

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Some more photos of friend’s pair:

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And some new “boring” bespoke samples 😏😏:

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^^^

- an interesting style combination with the swan neck on the upper and chisel toe (quirky).

- he looks to be flat footed? Foot doesn't sit nicely in the shoe. Not an easy thing to fix with flat feet.
 

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Friend insisted on having chisel. He did look at pictures of the original Constance which had roundish toe, but still opt for this.

Yes, and very sensitive feet so two fittings were done, one was by Delos.
 

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This is very educational.
Even the top masters struggle to makes shoes look great on flat feet.
Some masters even turn customers away for this reason.
My maker also had the same issue with me and we had to part ways.
 

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A flexible flat foot can be supported, but a rigid flat foot is always going to have that crease on the side where the shoe is being crushed a bit, no?
 

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Wouldn't it be possible to widen the waist of the shoes so that the midsoles aren't much narrower than the feet at those points?
 

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